Wednesday, November 16, 2016

IB Lit: Transgression and Redemption Final

  1. How does the city serve simultaneously as a symbol of society and of Raskolnikov's state of mind?
  2. What impact do the descriptions of the various apartments--including those of Raskolnikov, Alyona, Sonya, Luzhin, and Dunya and Pulcheria Alexandrovna--have on our understanding of the characters who inhabit them and the events that take place within them?
  3. What effect does having the murder occur at the very beginning of the novel have on the structure of the novel? 
  4. How should the reader reconcile Svidrigailov's charitable gestures at the end of the novel with his violent confrontation of Dunya during the same time frame, and does his eventual suicide affect the response?
Prep all four; draw on exam day. You will use your prepped notes and your novel to answer the question you draw.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

IB Film Seniors: Project Due Dates

Third six-weeks' due dates for the senior film project.

  • 11 Nov: Final Storyboards and Working Title
  • 18 Nov: Shot List and Timetable
  • 28 Nov - 16 Dec: Shoot and Edit
  • 21 Dec: Film and Portfolio Due

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

IB Film: Legal Disclaimer for Hollywoodrow Films

(Thank you, Henry, for providing us with a more comprehensive disclaimer. Hat tip and 5,000 style points to you, sir.)

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IB Lit: IOP Topics for Crime and Punishment

All presenters need to be ready to roll beginning October 24.

  • Dostoevsky pre-exile
  • Dostoevsky's exile
  • Dostoevsky post-exile
  • 19th Century Petersburg: A history
    • White Nights
  • 19th Century Popular European Philosophy
  • Nietzsche and Nihilism
    • Russian Nihilism
Philosophy and Religion
  • The Philosophical Teachings of N. G. Chernyshevsky
  • The Story of Lazarus
  • The Russian Orthodox Church: Practices
    • Communions and Confessions

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

IB Lit: Candide Take-home Questions

1.  How does Voltaire contrast harsh reality with the ideals of optimism in order to discredit optimism as a viable philosophy of life?
2.  Describe some of the satirical techniques that Voltaire uses to satirize "important" individuals, the military, and religious figures. How is the humor achieved in the description of the characters?
3.  How does Voltaire develop the theme of religious hypocrisy and intolerance in Chapters 1-19?
4.  How does Voltaire design the opening chapter of Candide to be recognized as a parody of the Biblical story of the Fall, and why would Voltaire do this?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

IB Literature: Writing the Reflective Essay Part II ***Updated***

Refer to this earlier post found here.

Ignore the handout that was originally linked here. The information is of limited value; while it was at one time accurate, the prior post is far more applicable to current best practices for IB students.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

IB Lit: Infernal Exam Topics

  • How does the Pilgrim's reaction to the sinners change as he ventures deeper in Hell? If Inferno is to be read primarily as an allegory (a narrative functioning simultaneously on two or more levels), how might the Pilgrim's journey and its stages be read allegorically? 
  • Why is Dante allowed to enter the Underworld while he is still alive? Why does he suggest that he entered Hell "midway in our life's journey?" What may this imply regarding the character of the journey and its relation to the concepts of the first and second deaths? Are there any other "living" characters in Hell besides Dante? What does this imply regarding Dante's symbolism of Hell and damnation? When does one enter Hell? At what point (if ever) is it still possible to get out? When does it become impossible to escape?
  • The Virtuous Pagans: If these people are "virtuous," why are they in Hell? What is the quality of their existence there? What does their experience in Hell suggest about Dante's attitudes toward classical culture? How does this image of the afterlife compare with the underworld episodes you have read before? How does Virgil relate to this episode?
  • The Violent against Themselves: What is the setting for this canto, and what other mythical settings does it recall? Why is Pier delle Vigne, a suicide, located deeper in Hell than Paolo and Francesca? Why should sins of violence and malice (or fraud) be punished more severely in Dante's Hell than sins resulting from sensual appetites? What might a Roman, whose culture saw suicide as the ultimate act of stoic self-control and self-determination, have said? Why does Dante put those who destroyed their own bodies with those who waste material goods?
  • What is the symbolic significance of Cocytus, the frozen lake at the bottom of Hell? What about the figure of Satan himself, trapped at the center of the lake? Why is it surprising for the reader to discover that the bottom of Hell is frozen solid? What does the cold symbolize? In what way does the place affect Dante?
You do not need to address each question specifically or individually; rather, use the questions as a general guide for the direction of the essay you plan to write.