2016 Summer Reading

Freshman: Edith Hamilton, Greek Mythology

*Please read these selections: The Introduction through the "Tale of Atalanta." 

(ISBN-10: 0446574759)

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Mythology-Timeless-Tales-Gods-Heroes/dp/0446574759/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433437072&sr=8-1&keywords=greek+mythology


Freshman Summer Reading Questions

Parts I-III of Edith Hamilton’s Greek Mythology


Please answer each question with complete sentences and in your own words. Then, be prepared to turn in your answers on the first day of class.


  1. Give a mythological explaination for two natural occurrences. For example, one natural occurrence would be the rising off the sun.

  2. How did mankind come to be, according to Greek mythology?

  3. In the story of Prometheus, how does Zeus punish Prometheus particularly and mankind in general?

  4. In your opinion, who is the best Greek hero? Why?

  5. What happens to mortals who disobey the gods? A complete answer will include at least two examples. 

  6. Why does Medea seek revenge on Jason? Is this just? What do you think justice is?

  7. Retell the story of Theseus in five sentances. 

  8. In what way did Dionysius symoblize hope of immortality?

Sophmores: Beowulf (tr. Seamus Heaney)

(ISBN-10: 0393320979)

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Beowulf-New-Verse-Translation-Bilingual/dp/0393320979/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464194548&sr=8-1&keywords=beowulf+heaney



Sophomore Summer Reading Questions


Please answer each question with complete sentences and in your own words. Then, be prepared to turn in your answers on the first day of class.


  1. Where does Grendel come from?

  2. Where does Beowulf come from? Who is his king and why does he come to Heorot?

  3. What is Unferth’s boast and what does Beowulf say is the truth of the matter?

  4. Describe an instance of hospitality in the poem.

  5. Are the characters in the poem Christian? Give evidence for your answer.

  6. How does Beowulf beat Grendel? What does Grendel’s mother do in response?

  7. What does Beowulf think the goal of life is? How does this compare to the Greek view of life?

  8. What trap does Hrothgar warn Beowulf “beware of” and why?

  9. What do you think is the greatest of Beowulf’s virtues, as described on page 149?

  10. What evil threatens Beowulf’s kingdom later in his life? Do his companions help him defeat it?

  11. What does Beowulf leave for his people? How do they mourn him?

Juniors: Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons

(ISBN-10: 0679728228)

 Link: http://www.amazon.com/Man-All-Seasons-Play-Acts/dp/0679728228/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1433793299&sr=8-2&keywords=A++Man+for+all+seasons


A Man for All Seasons

Junior Reading Questions


 Please answer each question with complete sentences and in your own words. Then, be prepared to turn in your answers on the first day of class.

1. Give a brief description of the personality of Alice More and her background. 
2. How does Margaret's personality and background differ from her mother?
3. List some good qualities of King Henry VIII. 
4. Describe the relationship of More and King Henry VIII based upon their interaction in Act I, Scene 7.  
5. What are Richard Rich's primary motivations throughout the story? Do they remain the same?
6. What is More's view of the relationship between religion and politics? Compare his view to Wolsey's, the King's, and Roper's. Be able to cite supporting texts. 
7. Explain the presence of the Common Man in the play. Why not have individual characters for all of the different roles he takes on?
8. William Roper wants to raze the laws. More disagrees, saying, "The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of the law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there ...
...when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you-where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast-man's laws, not God's-and if you cut them down-and you're just the man to do it-d'you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake."  Be able to restate the argument in your own words. 
 9. More undergoes many temptations immediately before and while imprisoned. Which do you believe is the most difficult for him? Why? 
10. Compare the eagerness of the young Teresa of Avila to be martyred with Thomas More's attitude toward the danger that is closing in on him.

Seniors: Charlotte Bronte's, Jane Eyre and GM Hopkins selections

No specific edition for Jane Eyre required, however, this edition below is recommened.

(ISBN-10: 0141441143)

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Jane-Penguin-Classics-Charlotte-Bront%C3%AB/dp/0141441143/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464194633&sr=8-1&keywords=jane+eyre


Jane Eyre

Senior Reading Questions

Please answer with complete sentences after reading the entire novel. 

1. Why is Mrs. Reed so cruel to Jane? How does Jane respond to her initially and ultimately? 

2. Who is Jane's one friend, and how does she propose that Jane should think about those she hates?

3. What is Jane's main fault? What does she seem to crave as a child most of all?

4. Why does Mr. Rochester love Jane? Why does he deceive her?

5. Why does Jane refuse to live with Mr. Rochester out of wedlock?

6. What does Jane do after she escapes Thornfield? Is she satisfied with her new life?

7. Characterize St. John (pronounced Sin-jin) Rivers. Compare his view of love to Jane's. Why does he think she should marry him?

8. How does Mr. Rochester become maimed? How is he reunited with Jane? Has he changed at all?

9. Why does the book end with a letter from St. John?

10. What is your favorite scene from the book and why?

11. Do you think Jane and Mr. Rochester are a good match? Why or why not?

12. How does Jane's introversion impact the way others see her? (Consider Mrs. Reed, Mr. Brocklehurst, Mr. Rochester, Mrs. Fairfax)


Senior Summer Poetry Selections

Please read each poem at least three times, answer the question after each, and identify any tropes you recognize. 


Gerard Manley Hopkins

The world is charged with the grandeur of God. 

It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;

It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil

Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?

Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;

And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;

And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil

Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod. 

And for all this, nature is never spent; 

There lives the dearest freshness deep down things; 

And though the last lights off the black West went--

Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs

Because the Holy Ghost over the bent

World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings. 

Q: What has man done to Creation, and why is "nature never spent" in spite of this?


Gerard Manley Hopkins 

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; 
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells 
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's 
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; 
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: 
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; 
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells, 
Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.


I say móre: the just man justices; 
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces; 
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is — 
Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places, 
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his 
To the Father through the features of men's faces. 


Q: Who and what defines each man, according to this poem?



Gerard Manley Hopkins 


Cloud-puffball, torn tufts, tossed pillows | flaunt forth, then chevy on an air- 
Built thoroughfare: heaven-roysterers, in gay-gangs | they throng; they glitter in marches. 
Down roughcast, down dazzling whitewash, | wherever an elm arches, 
Shivelights and shadowtackle ín long | lashes lace, lance, and pair. 
Delightfully the bright wind boisterous | ropes, wrestles, beats earth bare 
Of yestertempest's creases; | in pool and rut peel parches 
Squandering ooze to squeezed | dough, crust, dust; stanches, starches 
Squadroned masks and manmarks | treadmire toil there 
Footfretted in it. Million-fuelèd, | nature's bonfire burns on. 
But quench her bonniest, dearest | to her, her clearest-selvèd spark 
Man, how fast his firedint, | his mark on mind, is gone! 
Both are in an unfathomable, all is in an enormous dark 
Drowned. O pity and indig | nation! Manshape, that shone 
Sheer off, disseveral, a star, | death blots black out; nor mark 
                            Is any of him at all so stark 
But vastness blurs and time | beats level. Enough! the Resurrection, 
A heart's-clarion! Away grief's gasping, | joyless days, dejection. 
                            Across my foundering deck shone 
A beacon, an eternal beam. | Flesh fade, and mortal trash 
Fall to the residuary worm; | world's wildfire, leave but ash: 
                            In a flash, at a trumpet crash, 
I am all at once what Christ is, | since he was what I am, and 
This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, | patch, matchwood, immortal diamond, 
                            Is immortal diamond. 


Q: Why is the Resurrection necessary, in light of time that “beats level”? How does the Resurrection comfort Hopkins? 

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