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English 10
Unit 1 Lesson 4 Worksheet
The Trout by Sean OFaolain
PART A - Reader’s Journal (5 marks)

What stories did you believe in when you were a child – perhaps stories about the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus? What did the adult members of your family say to you when you asked to know the truth? Write in your journal about the stories you were told when you were a child, explaining the reality that you later learned was behind each story. Like every other kid I was told if I put my tooth under my pillow the tooth fairy would come put money under my pillow and take my tooth. So one night I put my tooth I just lost and pretended to sleep so I could see the fairy but I found out it was my dad because I caught him trying to put money under my pillow. PART B - Literary Terms

Review the following literary terms.
?Direct characterization
?Personification
?Metaphor

PART C - Reviewing the Selection (20 marks)
INSTRUCTIONS:
Answer the following questions using complete and descriptive sentences. Be sure to use the question in the answer. Do not feel compelled to stick to the spacing limitations below. 1. What is one of the first places Julia runs to when visiting G------? One of the first places Julia runs to is the Dark Walk.

2. How is The Dark Walk described?
The Dark Walk was described as a laurel walk, very old, almost gone wild, a lofty midnight tunnel of smooth, sinewy branches.

3. What does Julia find in the water of the little cavern?
Julia finds a panting trout in the water of the little cavern.

4. Explain what Julia does with the trout she captures in the ewer. She raced with the ewer out to the other end of the tunnel and down the steep paths to the rivers edge and poured out the trout into the river.

5. When Julia races through The Dark Walk, what contradictory feelings are aroused in her? She was feeling that is was just a made up story and there was no well but she still went anyways, having that feeling that maybe there was a well that she did not notice.

6. Why doesn’t Julia believe in the existence of the well? Julia didn't believe in the well because she came to the Dark Walk year after year and the was no well and she suspected that it was just another made up story. 7. What disturbs Julia about the trout?

The fact that the trout was always in the same position, had no room to turn around at all, and that there was no food disturbed julia

8. How does Julia demonstrate her joy?
Julia would run through the Dark Walk screaming with joy all the way to the end till she couldn't breathe.

9. What special circumstances in “The Trout” cause the reader to be dissatisfied with the mother and father’s explanation for the existence of the trout? The mother and father were making things up that were not true and that caused the reader to be dissatisfied with the explanation.

10. Why is Julia disturbed by the stories created about the trout? She was disturbed by the stories because she knew they were not true and that the trout was suffering and they made it seem like it was fine.

Understanding Literature
1. Personification.
A figure of speech in which an idea, animal, or thing is described as if it were a person is called personification. ?Identify an example in the selection of how the trout is personified. ?What causes the reader to empathize with the trout’s situation? ????

2. Metaphor. A figure of speech in which one thing is spoken or written about as if it were another, inviting the reader to compare the two things is a metaphor. For example, in the sentence, “The Dark Walk would be full of little scraps of moon,” the filtered light of the moon is compared to littered scraps of paper. ?Identify another metaphor in the selection and explain the comparison that is being made. Stephen was a hot lump of sleep, lazy thing........Stephen was in a deep sleep. PART D – Worksheet Simple Sentences: SUB + V (5 marks)

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