GA 9th Grade Literature and Composition Part II

GA 9th Grade Literature and Composition Part II Sample

1 pt Chapter: 4 Standard: RL 9 DOK: 2

Read the following passages. Then answer the questions that follow them.

Excerpt from "The Flood" from Old Greek Stories by James Baldwin

In those very early times there was a man named Deucalion, and he was the son of Prometheus. He was only a common man and not a Titan like his great father, and yet he was known far and wide for his good deeds and the uprightness of his life. His wife’s name was Pyrrha, and she was one of the fairest of the daughters of men.

After Jupiter had bound Prometheus on Mount Caucasus and had sent diseases and cares into the world, men became very, very wicked. They no longer built houses and tended their flocks and lived together in peace; but every man was at war with his neighbor, and there was no law nor safety in all the land. Things were in much worse case now than they had been before Prometheus had come among men, and that was just what Jupiter wanted. But as the world became wickeder and wickeder every day, he began to grow weary of seeing so much bloodshed and of hearing the cries of the oppressed and the poor.

"These men," he said to his mighty company, "are nothing but a source of trouble. When they were good and happy, we felt afraid lest they should become greater than ourselves; and now they are so terribly wicked that we are in worse danger than before. There is only one thing to be done with them, and that is to destroy them every one."

So he sent a great rain-storm upon the earth, and it rained day and night for a long time; and the sea was filled to the brim, and the water ran over the land and covered first the plains and then the forests and then the hills. But men kept on fighting and robbing, even while the rain was pouring down and the sea was coming up over the land.

No one but Deucalion, the son of Prometheus, was ready for such a storm. He had never joined in any of the wrong doings of those around him, and had often told them that unless they left off their evil ways there would be a day of reckoning in the end. Once every year he had gone to the land of the Caucasus to talk with his father, who was hanging chained to the mountain peak.

"The day is coming," said Prometheus, "when Jupiter will send a flood to destroy mankind from the earth. Be sure that you are ready for it, my son."

And so when the rain began to fall, Deucalion drew from its shelter a boat which he had built for just such a time. He called fair Pyrrha, his wife, and the two sat in the boat and were floated safely on the rising waters. Day and night, day and night, I cannot tell how long, the boat drifted hither and thither. The tops of the trees were hidden by the flood, and then the hills and then the mountains; and Deucalion and Pyrrha could see nothing anywhere but water, water, water—and they knew that all the people in the land had been drowned.

After a while the rain stopped falling, and the clouds cleared away, and the blue sky and the golden sun came out overhead. Then the water began to sink very fast and to run off the land towards the sea; and early the very next day the boat was drifted high upon a mountain called Parnassus, and Deucalion and Pyrrha stepped out upon the dry land. […]

But Deucalion and Pyrrha were very sad, for they knew that they were the only persons who were left alive in all the land. At last they started to walk down the mountain side towards the plain, wondering what would become of them now, all alone as they were in the wide world. While they were talking and trying to think what they should do, they heard a voice behind them. They turned and saw a noble young prince standing on one of the rocks above them. He was very tall, with blue eyes and yellow hair. There were wings on his shoes and on his cap, and in his hands he bore a staff with golden serpents twined around it. They knew at once that he was Mercury, the swift messenger of the Mighty Ones, and they waited to hear what he would say.

"Is there anything that you wish?" he asked. "Tell me, and you shall have whatever you desire."

"We should like, above all things," said Deucalion, "to see this land full of people once more; for without neighbors and friends, the world is a very lonely place indeed."

"Go on down the mountain," said Mercury, "and as you go, cast the bones of your mother over your shoulders behind you;" and, with these words, he leaped into the air and was seen no more.

"What did he mean?" asked Pyrrha.

"Surely I do not know," said Deucalion. "But let us think a moment. Who is our mother, if it is not the Earth, from whom all living things have sprung? And yet what could he mean by the bones of our mother?"

"Perhaps he meant the stones of the earth," said Pyrrha. "Let us go on down the mountain, and as we go, let us pick up the stones in our path and throw them over our shoulders behind us." "It is rather a silly thing to do," said Deucalion; "and yet there can be no harm in it, and we shall see what will happen."

And so they walked on, down the steep slope of Mount Parnassus, and as they walked they picked up the loose stones in their way and cast them over their shoulders; and strange to say, the stones which Deucalion threw sprang up as full-grown men, strong, and handsome, and brave; and the stones which Pyrrha threw sprang up as full-grown women, lovely and fair. When at last they reached the plain they found themselves at the head of a noble company of human beings, all eager to serve them.

So Deucalion became their king, and he set them in homes, and taught them how to till the ground, and how to do many useful things; and the land was filled with people who were happier and far better than those who had dwelt there before the flood. And they named the country Hellas, after Hellen, the son of Deucalion and Pyrrha; and the people are to this day called Hellenes.

But we call the country Greece.

Excerpt from Chapter 6 of the Book of Genesis King James Version

1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. […]

17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.

20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.

1. According to the two passages, how is Jupiter’s reason for flooding the earth MOST different from God’s?

1 pt Chapter: 2 Standard: RL 3 DOK: 1

How do Deucalion and Pyrrha escape the destruction of the world?

1 pt Chapter: 2 Standard: RL 1 DOK: 1

How are Deucalion and Noah MOST similar?

1 pt Chapter: 4 Standard: RL 7 DOK: 2

Look at this image, an engraving by Virgil Solis. What MOST likely is the reason that the artist chose to depict the new humans formed from stones as babies rather than full-grown people?

1 pt Chapter: 5 Standard: RI 2 DOK: 2

Read the following passage. Then answer the questions that follow it.

Buck O’Neil

(1) John Jordan "Buck" O’Neil was a first baseman and manager in baseball’s Negro leagues during the thirties, forties, and fifties. He is best known for his playing career with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro leagues and as a coach and scout for the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals in the major leagues.

(2) O’Neil was born Nov. 13, 1911, in Carrabelle, Florida. Due to racial segregation, he was denied the opportunity to attend high school in Sarasota, Florida, or play baseball in the major leagues. He began his baseball career with the Memphis Red Sox of the Negro leagues in 1937 and was traded to the Monarchs the following year. A tour of duty in the Navy during World War II briefly interrupted his playing career.

(3) In the Negro leagues, O’Neil amassed a career batting average of .288, including four .300-plus seasons at the plate. In 1946, the first baseman led the Negro League in hitting with a .353 average and followed that in 1947 with a career best .358 mark. He posted averages of .345 and .330 in 1940 and 1949, respectively.

(4) In 1948, he took over as manager of the Monarchs and guided the team to league titles in 1951, 1953, and 1955. He played in four East-West All-Star games and two Negro League World Series during his playing days.

(5) O’Neil also joined the legendary Satchel Paige as a teammate during the height of the Negro League barnstorming days of the 1930s and 1940s. This was a period when teams of Negro all-stars would travel the countryside playing town teams, college teams, and teams of major leaguers to earn extra money and gain exposure for the Negro leagues.

(6) O’Neil left the Monarchs following the 1955 season, and in 1956, became a scout for the Chicago Cubs. In 1962, the Cubs hired him as a coach, making him the first black coach in Major League Baseball history. As a scout, he signed Hall of Fame outfielder Lou Brock to his first pro contract.

(7) He is sometimes credited with having signed future Cubs’ Hall of Fame second baseman Ernie Banks to his first pro contract, but, in fact, only signed him to his first MLB contract. Banks had actually been scouted and signed to the Monarchs by Cool Papa Bell, manager of the Monarchs’ barnstorming "B" team, in 1949. Banks played for the Monarchs in 1950 and briefly in 1953 when O’Neil was his manager.

(8) O’Neil has worked as a Kansas City Royals scout since 1988 and was named Major League Baseball’s "Midwest Scout of the Year" in 1998.

(9) O’Neil gained national prominence during the late 1990s with his poignant and compelling narration of Negro League history as part of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary on baseball. He has since been the subject of countless national interviews, including appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and the Late, Late Show with Tom Snyder.

(10) Today, Buck O’Neil serves as honorary Board Chairman of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a member of the eighteen-member Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans Committee from 1981 to 2000 and was instrumental in the induction of eight Negro League players during that time.

(11) O’Neil was a candidate in 2006 for induction into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame in a special vote for Negro League players, managers, and executives. However, he did not receive the necessary nine votes for induction from the twelve-member committee.

(12) O’Neil commented after hearing that he had not been elected to the Hall at age 94.

(13) "God’s been good to me," he told about two hundred well-wishers who had gathered to celebrate but instead stood hushed and solemn. "They didn’t think Buck was good enough to be in the Hall of Fame. That’s the way they thought about it, and that’s the way it is, so we’re going to live with that.

(14) "Now, if I’m a Hall of Famer for you, that’s all right with me. Just keep loving old Buck. Don’t weep for Buck. No, man, be happy, be thankful."

(15) O’Neil got the recognition he deserved posthumously. In 2008, two years after his death, the National Baseball Hall of Fame named him the first recipient of the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.

5. The theme of the passage can BEST be summarized by which of the following?