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  1. Mark Twain Day 12: Chapters 5-7

  2. Do Now: Vocabulary for chapters 8-11 Baffled Audible Oppressed Rebuke Formidable Eternity Haggard Incantation Colossal Zenith

  3. Humorous Word Choices: Formal Language • Mark Twain’s humorous expressions are one distinctive mark of his writing • Use formal elaborate words to say plain things “He uncovered an ambuscade in the person of his aunt” His aunt waited up and caught him. • The formal language makes the situation more humorous

  4. Humorous Word Choices: Hyperbole Wild exaggeration of facts Describing Aunt Polly’s spectacle, he remarks, “she could have seen through a pair of stove-lids just as well” Obviously and iron stove lid would not be at all transparent

  5. Hyperbole & Formal Language • The following passages are typical of Twain’s writing style. • Read each passage and then express in your own words what the quote means. • After interpreting the passage, decide how the style might best be described. • Formal • Hyperbolic or exaggerated • Be sure you can give reasons to back up your decisions

  6. #1 When Tom throws dirt clods at Sid, Twain writes, “… six or seven had taken personal effect…” before Aunt Polly rescues Sid. The quote means The style of this passage is best described as

  7. #2 “There was once a church choir that was not ill-bred, but I have forgotten where it was, now. It was a great many years ago, and I can scarcely remember anything about it, but I think it was in some foreign country.” The quote means The style of this passage is best described as

  8. #3 “Close upon the hour of noon the whole village was suddenly electrified with the ghastly news. No need of the as yet undreamed –of telegraph; the tale flew from man to man, from group to group, from house to house, with little less than telegraphic speed.” The quote means The style of this passage is best described as

  9. #4 “After the hymn had been sung, The Reverend Mr. Sprague turned himself into a bulletin board and read off ‘notices’ of meetings and societies and things till it seemed that the list would stretch out to the crack of doom.” The quote means The style of this passage is best described as

  10. #5 “Presently it occurred to him [Tom] that he wished he was sick; then he could stay home from school… He canvased his system. No ailment was found, and he investigated again. This time he thought he could detect colicky symptoms, and he began to encourage them with considerable hope.” The quote means The style of this passage is best described as

  11. Homework Write a paragraph (5-8 sentences, various length and complexity) describing an experience you’ve had. Try to imitate Twain’s style, using either hyperbole or formal language. Make sure the style can be identified Continue reading chapters 8-11