Tuesday, 4/4: Apostrophes, Vocab, Flying Machine, Mars!

“Apostrophe’s Review, 4/4.”

  1. Our family has a hard time keeping up with the _____. (Jones)
  2. ______ are not allowed… (Student)
  3. …in the ______ lounge.   (more than one teacher)
  4. We have three _____ in our class.  (Johnny)
  5. _____ responsible for this mess?  (Who)
  6. Find the mistake above.


“Vocab, 4/4.”


  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. We spent the evening playing ______ Pursuit, trying to answer obscure questions.
  6. The mad scientist demonstrated his _____ by building a time machine and trying to change history. Of course he just made things worse.
  7. After the death of his brother, he sat _____(ing) in his room wondering whether it was his fault.
  8. Mr. Coward does not put up with _______ speech in his classroom.
  9. It is difficult to _____ accurately about the future because things are changing so rapidly.
  10. (2) Santa Claus is usually portrayed as a _____, smiling, fat man with a very pleasant ______.


“The Flying Machine, 4/4.”

  1. The Flying One understands why the Emperor is killing him.  a) True  b) False
  2. The Emperor enjoys having the Flying One killed.   a) True  b) False
  3. The mechanical garden that the Emperor “dreamt to being” represents…  a) how the Emperor is as skillful in his own way as the flying man.  b) the fragility and beauty of the Emperor’s kingdom.  c) how China must look from the sky.  d) all of the above.  e)  none of the above.
  4. The Emperor has the Flying One killed because… a) he thinks he will drops stones on the Great Wall.  b) he thinks that the man has an evil heart. c) he fears that someone will use the man’s invention for evil. d) he is jealous of his inventiveness.  e) none of the above.
  5. On page 247, when the Emperor says that it is “well for her” that the Flying One’s wife is asleep, what does he mean?  a) She won’t have to see her husband killed  b) She won’t be mad at the Emperor.  c) It won’t hurt when he has her killed  d) She will get a large settlement.  e) NOTA
  6. The Emperor is really afraid of… a) inventiveness.  b) the future.  c) the Flying One.  d) flying machines.  e) NOTA
  7. Which of the following groups of words best describe the theme of the story? a) Strength, pain, joy. b) Foolishness, anger, endurance. c) Communication, friendship, honesty. d) Fear, frustration, bewilderment.
  8. “The butterfly now touches the earth. And suddenly…a clumsy worm.” (p246) The Servant is using a _________ to describe the Flying One and his apparatus.  a) simile  b) flashback  c) foreshadowing  d) metaphor  e) NOTA
  9. “…The Flying One enters, proud of his feat, proud of his equipments, which he brandishes…”  (p246) The word brandishes as it is used here, most nearly means…  a) drops.  b) shows off.  c) tosses away.  d) puts away.   e) points with.
  10. “The unmarked grave is dug where Time, some little while, must sleep to wake again some other year.” (p251) The Emperor is speaking metaphorically, and most likely means…
  11. There are several places where the author foreshadows that the Emperor is worried about the Flying One’s feat. Quote one from page 246 or before.
  12. Explain the Servant’s comparison in #8.

“The Earth Men” from The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.

What happens (historically) when two very different cultures meet?

What does telepathy literally mean? What would having true telepathy be like?