Fiction

 

 
 
 
 



( story )
( play )

 

 

 


 
 


 
I. Reflections based on the story

    1.What happened in “The Zebra Story Teller”?

    How would you  retell the story to your friend, a

    college student, or a  child, or even your grandma or

    grandpa? What is the most interesting thing in the

    story for you? Why?
     
     

    2.Who are the characters in the story? What kind of

    human personality do they have? What kind of

    association can you draw from observing these

    characters?

     

    3.For instance, how do you like the zebra

    storyteller? What does he do in the story? What is

    the function of a storyteller? Why do you think he

    sees through the Siamese Cat's disguise? What

    does the Cat represent? And what do the other

    zebras represent?
     

    4.Can you find anything special about the setting,

    the time and place of the story? What would have

    happened if the story  were set in a different time

    and place, like Taiwan here and  now, or a high

    school class, or a dessert in mainland China,  or say,

    in a martial arts world?
     
     

    5.In some way, the disguise and language of the Cat

    suggest symbolic meanings. What do you think his

    disguise mean or what  do you think is the function

    of language here in the story?

II. Questions for further thoughts

    1.The zebra story teller can be seen as

    an epitome of the  writers we are going to

    read in the following year or  throughout

    the literature courses in the coming

    years. Whatdo  you think we can gain from

    the zebra storyteller’s  experience?
     
     

    2.What do you think would be the

    functions of story telling?
     
     

     

    3.Do you read stories, plays or poems?

    What do you think are  the functions of

    these literary works?
     

      4.Even if what we are reading here may be

    fiction, something  made up, even though

    the reading may be difficult and hard

    to  understand, what do you think the

    imaginary world presented in  literature,

    verbal art, can do for us?

III.Personal Reflections:

What is your personal response to the

story and the course after you finished

reading the story, answering the 

questions, and listening to the class

discussions?


 

 

Please answer two of the following questions

    1.What is your reaction to this

    story?

    2.What is the theme of this story?

    3.Describe the main character?

    4.Discuss the time and the setting

    of this story.

     



 

Writing Exercise For “ The Cask of Amontillado”

PLEASE ANSWER IN A FEW SENTENCES TWO OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS

    Discuss the time and the setting of this story?

    Compare this story with “ The Occurrence at Owl

    Creek Bridge.”

    Discuss either the character of Fortunato or the narrator?

    Discuss the point of view of this story?

    \What reaction do you have to this story?

 


 

Writing Exercise for “Paul's Case”

Please answer in a few sentences Two of the following questions:

1.What kind of person is Paul? Sample

2.What is the point of view in the story? Sample

What is achieved by this point of view?

3.What is the conflict here in the story?

4.What is your reaction to the story? Sample

      

 


 

QUIZ For " A Pair of Tickets"

Please answer in a few sentences Two of the following questions:

    1.What is your reaction to the story? Please respond

    with good supporting details you got from reading the

    story.

    2.What kind of feelings does the setting create in the

    story?

    3.What is the point of view in the story? What is

    achieved by this point of view? What kind of person is

    the narrator? What is your response to her? In

    comparison to the narrator in “A Cask of

    Amontillado,”do you trust the narrator better? Why or

    why not?

     

    4.What is the narrator doing in the story? How does

    she respond to the scenes and people she sees on the

    journey?

 


Writing Exercise on G. B. Shaw's' Pygmalion, Act I

In the following, please pick up three words and make complex sentences with the words.

St. Paul's Church

Phonetics (a branch of linguistics dealing with the study of the sounds of speech)

Chivied (worried and hounded)

    Age of upstarts

    Sanscrit (an ancient Indic language, the classical literary language of India)

    Mendacity (dishonesty)

    Pharisaic (hypocritically self-righteous; a pharisasee is a member of an ancient Jewish sect that emphasized strict interpretation and observance of the Mosaic law.)

    Essay questions: Please answer the following questions with a paragraph that has a topic sentence.

    1.What is your response to the reading of drama so far? You may want tocompare it to your reading of fiction in your answer.

  

2. Please comment on the first act of Pygmalion. You can choose to focus on 1) What do you think about the setting or 2) the characters you meet in act one? Or 3) the functions of languages in the act.

Writing Exercise on G. B. Shaw's' Pygmalion, Act III

In the following, please pick up three words and make complex sentences with the words.

Pedantic (1113, stressing trivial details of learning)

Ferocity (1120, being extremely fierce and cruel, savage)

Morosely (1112, sullenly melancholy)

Legitimate (1123, lawful)

Fraud (1112, one who practices deception; imposter)

    Essay questions: Please answer ONE of the following questions with a paragraph that has a topic sentence.

    1.Please comment on Higgins' personality basing on

    what you have seen about him (i.e. the note-taker, the

    host/teacher in his lab, and the son inMrs. Higgins at

    home). Higgins is described by his mother as being

    “cynical”when he makes his " we're all savages"

    speech. This should remind you of his other statement

    about life's being a "series of inspired follies.” Do you

    also think that he is too cynical?

     

    2.Please comment on Eliza's change from Act I to Act

    III. How does her change of dresses tell you about her

    “transformation”? How does her language change?

    How does her behaviors and manners change? Do

    you think that she has changed her personality? Why

    or why not? How would you describe her performance

    in Mrs. Higgins at home party? How would you

    describe her performance at the party at an embasy?

    How would you describe her appearance?

     

    3.Nepommuck. In what way is he different from

    Higgins? How does he use his knowledge in his

    career as an interpreter? What is your response when

    he calls Eliza a fraud?

 

4.Language and class differences. This act ends with

two surprises. One is that Nepommuck, the "language

specialist” claims that Eliza is a fraud. The second

one is that Lisa says at the end, “nothing can make

me the same as these people." What do these two

surprises tell you about the relationship between

language (manners) and class? More specifically,

what does it take to be a lady: having good

pronunciation, good manners, or a lot of money?What

has Eliza learned so far about being a lady? What

kind of lady does she fail to be?