Character Sketch Paragraph

(The following is a paragraph about Dave Conroy a character from the short story “A Mountain Journey”)

Dave Conroy is a dynamic character from the short story “A Mountain Journey”. He is dynamic because even though it seems like he doesn’t change through out the whole story he actually regrets making the foolish decisions he made through out the story. Some characteristics that represent him are impatient and foolish. First, Dave Conroy is impatient when he doesn’t want to camp out under the tree because he doesn’t want to spend any more nights getting to the cabin; “No more swashing under trees, burrowing four feet down in the snow for a place to sleep.”(pg.92). Near the end of the story this also leads to a change in Conroy’s personality. From being foolish to being obsessed; “His fingers were frozen. His feet were probably frozen too…Frank MacMoran…had his cabin on Terrace Creek…no more than ten miles. If he left his pack behind he could probably pull through.” (pg.96-97). Second, you know that he is foolish when he says that a man is a fool to travel alone in the wilderness. When he himself is doing the same; “a man was a fool to travel alone in the mountains, especially with a heavy pack, backing a fresh fall of snow. A man when he was alone would travel to far. He would travel till he could travel no more, for the mere sake of travelling.”(pg.92). This foolishness also leads to the part of him that is adventurous. Conroy is adventurous because he skis down frozen rivers and traps alone in the wilderness; “Dave Conroy…paused upon the summit of the pass…turned his skis down the slope before him…he made long sweeping turns around clumps of spruce and balsam”(pg.91-93). Over all Dave Conroy is a well built up character and it makes sense that his foolishness and impatience led to his demise.



All Summer In A Day Comprehension Questions

(these are some questions and answers for the short story “all summer in a day”)

1. After the children see the sun, they “could not meet each other’s glances” when they think what they have done to Margot. Has seeing the sun changed the children in any way? If so, how? Do the children better understand and sympathize more with Margot after seeing the sun? Why, or why not?

Seeing the sun has changed the children because it made them understand how big of a deal seeing the sun is. Before the children saw the sun they didn’t think it was a big deal at all. I think that the children now better understand and sympathize with Margot after seeing the sun because now they know why Margot wanted to see the sun so badly and now they can see how Margot feels about not having the sun around.

2. Why do you think Margot acts the way she does—why doesn’t she play with her classmates, for example? Why does she react so strongly to the shower?

I think Margot acts the way she does because she misses the sun. I also think that Margot doesn’t play with the all other kids because they don’t understand why Margot misses the sun so badly and she might even not want to make friends because she might have to leave them behind if her parents decide to go back to earth. I think she reacts so strongly to the shower because she hates the rain that is constantly going on and doesn’t want to feel like she is in the rain at all.

3. Why do you think the other children mistreat Margot? Why do they refuse to believe what she says? Why do you think the boy says, “Nothing’s happening today”? What does this show about why people bully others?

I think the other children mistreat Margot because they don’t understand her. I also think that they refuse to believe what she says because it sounds unreal and they don’t want to be let down if the sun doesn’t come out. The kids just don’t believe that the rain would ever stop after seven years of going on constantly. I think the boy says that nothing’s happening today because he also does not believe that something so amazing and unreal would happen after seven years of not happening. This shows that people bully others that are different or people that sound like they are telling lies just because they don’t like them.

4. What do you think happens after the story ends?

I think that Margot just sadly walks away after the story ends and I think that the teacher then comes back and asked the children what happened. After the story ends I also think that if the kids told the teacher what happened she might scold them.

5. What do you think the sun might symbolize in this story? It represents more than just the actual, physical sun. What long-term effect do you think never seeing the sun might have on people? What do you think the story suggests about advanced technology that might allow us to do things like live on Venus?

I think the sun might symbolize life, hope and freedom because when the kids saw the sun after 7 years of not seeing it they felt more alive and free from the rain because after not seeing something so wonderful for a long period of time it makes you want to see it more. It also symbolizes hope because after seven years the kids were starting to loose hope that they would see it again. I think the long term affect of not seeing the sun on people would be depression and low vitamin d because in certain parts of the world some people don’t see the sun for about a week and they need to take vitamin d because you get vitamin d from the sun. People would also be depressed because no sun would set a sad gloomy atmosphere for people. I think the story suggests that having advanced technology that lets us do things like live on Venus might not actually be the best thing to have because the advanced technology might have some bad aspects to it like not seeing the sun for seven years for example.

6. What do you think are the themes and messages of the story? Think about the situation the people in Venus are in, as well as the consequences of it, and consider what happens to Margot in the story as well.

I think that some of the themes and messages of this story are:
a) enjoy the little things because you might miss them later.
b) You don’t always know what you have until it’s gone.
c) Don’t do things you might regret later.

The Veldt Comprehension Questions And Answers

(These are some comprehension questions and answers for the short story “The Veldt”)

The Veldt
Comprehension Questions
1. How have advancements in technology affected the kids? The parents? The family as a whole?

The advances in technology affect the kids in a bad way by making them hold on to their hatred for their parents eventually growing to the point where the want to kill their parents. The advances in technology affect the parents by making them not have to do anything and make them forget to parent their kids with leads to the problem in the story. As a whole the technology has affected the family by separating them and making it so they don’t need or want to be around each other.

2. Why do you think the story was originally called “the World the Children Made”?

I think the story was originally called “the World the Children Made” because the children actually made their own world inside the nursery where they stayed, spent all their time in, and did everything in.

3. What explanations can you give for the father’s wallet and the mother’s scarf being in the nursery? What does this suggest about the events that follow?

The father’s wallet and the Mother’s scarf were in the nursery all bloodied to hint at that the kids were doing in the nursery. Which might have been imagining their parents being killed by lions. This suggests that they were planning on murdering their parents with the lions.

4. How does Bradbury create and maintain suspense? Give examples from the story.

Bradbury creates suspense in the story by constantly making the situation for the parents worse. Some examples of this are first, they find the nursery in the veldt lands which raises suspicion of the kids. Second, they find the bloodied wallet. Third they realize they can no longer control the nursery and fourth they find that the kids can still get in after they lock it.

5. Where is the irony in this story? What kind of irony is it? What is a satire?

Some examples of the irony in this story are:

a) The parents bought the nursery so the kids can work out their violent natures when it actually made them more violent. This is situational irony because what happens is the opposite of what you expect.

b) At first Lydia wanted to get rid of the nursery when George wanted to keep it but in the end Lydia wanted to keep it when George wanted to get rid of It. This is also situational irony because what happens is the opposite of what you expect

A satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity.

6. From what point of view is “The Veldt” told from? How does this affect our understanding of the story and characters? How is this different from the other stories we’ve read?

The point of view in the story is limited omniscient because you can know some of the parents thoughts but, you have to infer the kids thoughts. This affects our understanding of the story by making us have to figure out what is going on and pay attention to detail which makes it kind of like a mystery story. This also affects our understanding of the characters by making us know more about the parents than the kids, putting us in the perspective of a parent in the future. This makes this story different from the other stories we’ve read because in the other stories we’ve read we had enough foreshadowing and other information to know what is going on. Where in this story it is more mysterious and suspenseful.

The Sea Devil Short Story Comprehension Question Answers

(The following is answers for comprehension questions for the short story The Sea Devil)

1. The man likes to fish at night because he liked the loneliness, he liked the labor of it, the clean taste of salt when he gripped the net with his teeth, he liked the arching flight of sixteen pounds of lead and linen against the starlight, The weltering crash of the net into the unsuspecting water, he liked the harsh tug of the retrieving rope around his wrist, the way the net came alive when the cast was true, he liked the thud of captured fish on the floorboards of the skiff, and he liked being the hunter. This leads tho the conflict with the ray because he thought he was going to catch two fish when it was actually the ray. The significance of the fact that he does not have to fish for a living is that he is actually choosing put himself in danger when he doesn’t have to.


a) When he saw some sardines surface suddenly.
b) At the beginning when it says this”Night time on a Florida bay. A man in a rowboat casts his net on still waters, unaware of a deadly danger lurking Just below the surface…”
c) When he thought “the two swirls had the sluggish oily look that marks the
presence of something big just below the surface”

3. The complicating incident in this story is when the man thinks this “he would not cast a single swirl he decided; he would wait until he saw two or three close together.”. A single crises is when A sea devil jumps out of the water trapped in the man’s net. Quickly the man tries to untie the rope around his wrist but he can’t do it quick enough.The man gets dragged and thrashed around violently. The climax is when the man decides to uses the barnacles on the stake to cut the rope and finally gets free and survives. The resolution is when the man released the mullet. The ending is when he decides to never fish at night again. This is a happy ending because the protagonist is successful.

4. Civilized is a stage of social, cultural, and moral development considered to be more advanced and primitive is relating to the character of an early stage in the evolutionary or historical development of something. The purpose made to the plane, the causeway, and the mans wife at home is to show “mans proud mastery over nature”. For example Man has mastered nature by manipulating air to fly, by manipulating the materials on earth to build warm safe houses and causeways to stop the ocean from invading the land, but this is ironic because man hasn’t mastered nature because the man got beaten up by the sea devil (part of nature)

5. The man learned that it was not worth taking the risk to hunt at night when he didn’t have to and he released the mullet because he felt sorry for the mullet because when he was being caught underwater he would have wanted some one to released him too.
6. Examples of descriptive language used
a) The lights glowed in the cheerful room
b) the radio talked importantly to itself.
c) The night was breathless


1. sullen p.32 bad-tempered and sulky; gloomy.
2. weltering ·p.33 weltering
3. elemental p.33 related to or embodying the powers of nature.
4. sinewy p.33 lean and muscular.
5. hoisted p.33 raise (something) by means of ropes and pulleys.
6. phosphorescence p.34 light emitted by a substance without combustion or perceptible heat.
7. cordage p.34 cords or ropes, especially in a ship’s rigging.
8. exhilaration p.34 a feeling of excitement, happiness, or elation.
9. atavistic p. 35 relating to or characterized by reversion to something ancient or ancestral.
10. centrifugal p. 35 moving or tending to move away from a center.
11. gauntly p. 35 extremely thin and bony
12. impeding p. 37 delay or prevent
13. tenaciously p.37 in a determined or unwavering manner.
14. respite p. 38 a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.
15. equilibrium p. 38 a state in which opposing forces or influences are balanced.
16. imminent p. 39 about to happen.

A Mountain Journey Questions

(These are my answers to the questions I had to fill out for the short story “A Mountain Journey”)

1. Dave Conroy was trapping animals for furs out in the wilderness proof for this is in this quote “fifty pounds of fur for the market-the result of six weeks’ trapping on the head of the Jack- pine.”

2. We know that Dave Conroy was not likely to make it to the cabin after we see in this quote ”MacMoran would take him in, feed him, make a fire for him to sit beside.” where he says that MacMoran will find him instead of him making it there. We also know that he won’t make it after him saying “He bit his fingers. They were cold and white and unresponsive as a dead man’s.” Which means he has stage 4 hypothermia (severe hypothermia). With out him being able to make a fire to thaw his hands he has no chance of survival.

3. Three critical mistakes that Conroy made were having overconfidence of his ability to make it to the cabin, not stopping after he fell in the river and not realizing that he had hypothermia. If he hadn’t had overconfidence in his ability to make it to the cabin he would have been under the tree with the exposed moss, warm and well rested. Furthermore if he had stopped after he had fallen into the river he still would be fine. Not realizing that he had hypothermia was his biggest mistake because that is how he died. If he had realized that he was starting to freeze he could have made a fire before his hands became unresponsive.

4. The exposition of this story was Dave Conroy, by hoodoo creek in the winter returning from his trapping to get furs to sell. The complicating incident in this story was when Dave Conroy didn’t stop under the tree with exposed moss. One crises is when Conroy falls in a sink hole and gets his gloves wet. The second crisis is when Conroy decides to continue to the cabin
And the third crisis is when he finds the cabin burnt down, but decides to go to MacMoran’s cabin. The climax of this story is when decides to take a rest instead of continuing to the cabin. Lastly the denouement is when Conroy sat down to take a break he never got up because he die of hypothermia.

5. The setting is Hoodoo creek Alberta, in the wilderness, in the winter around the 1880’s (I don’t know. The olden days?) . The setting affects the plot by being the antagonist in the story (cold, harsh environment that is trying to freeze Conroy). It also effects the theme by. Making Conroy try to be tough out the wilderness. It makes him try to be tough because of the stereotype society has put on him as a man. For example: “men have to be tough and heartless or they aren’t real men”. In a way society kind of killed Conroy.

6. The symbolic setting was at the end when he saw the white cottage with it’s doors open like what the gates of heaven might look like.



7. 1) “the cold was an old man’s fingers feeling craftily through his clothes.”
2) “his skis had sunk a foot in the new snow, white and soft as flour.”
3) ”driven by a gnawing fear of death…”
4) “branches sweeping low, so that close against its trunk, cradled in its roots…”

1. eternal = lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning.
2. immobility = the state of not moving; motionlessness.
3. opaque = not able to be seen through; not transparent.
4. reverberation = prolongation of a sound; resonance.
5. momentum = the quantity of motion of a moving body
6. cadaverous = resembling a corpse in being very pale, thin, or bony.
7. congregated = gather into a crowd or mass.
8. inundation = an overwhelming abundance of people or things.
9. beggared = reduce (someone) to poverty.
10. filched = pilfer or steal (something, especially a thing of small value) in a casual way.

The Friday That Everything Changed: Comprehension And Vocabulary

1. The boys are so upset of the idea of the girls carrying the water bucket because carrying the water bucket was like the best part of life for them because it was real for them and they got to take about 30 minutes off school for it.

2. The strategies that boys use to pressure the girls to give in are locking them in the out house, beating them up, spitting ink balls, tripping them and not letting them play softball. The girls reacted by sticking together and teaming up on the boys.

3. Some girl in the class is telling the story and she thinks of Mrs.Ralston as a grown adult that is tough because she straps the kids but she also thinks of her like a nice person because she listens to the kids like they are people and not just kids that don’t know anything. She also thinks that the conflict over the water was worth fighting for. The point of view that the story was told is limited omniscient because its told by the perspective of one of the characters and we can read her thoughts.

4. The setting is in about 1950 because they were talking about German warplanes in this quote “If on of those German planes, like in war movies had suddenly appeared over the school and dropped a bomb…”. The setting is also in a small town because in this quote “like the coal stove and the scared old double desks” is shows that the school isn’t one of the fancier schools that would be in a big city. The setting intensifies the conflict because the conflict is about gender equality (person versus environment) and in the 1950’s there wasn’t much gender equality. Evidence of this conflict is in this quote “when it was time for the teacher to pick the two boys to get the water” where it is only boys who can get the water and in this quote “instead of saying “who ever thought of girls getting the water?”” where the kid narrating would have thought a teacher would say that.

5. The protagonist is one of Alma’s friends because she talks as if she is one of the girls in this situation like “us girls” or “we”.

6. Every thing changed on Friday because the boys now respect that girls can play sort ball with skill and that girls can do things that boys can too, like fetching the water. So now the boys stopped bullying the girls. The significance of Mrs.Ralston hitting the ball out of the field is that she showed how skilled girls can be if they try. Which is even better than boys. The theme the author is exploring is that girls can get the water too. Meaning that boys aren’t better than girls and they can do what ever boys can if they want to.
1. Galvanized=coat (iron or steel) with a protective layer of zinc.
2. Remotest=(of a chance or possibility) unlikely to occur
3. Intoxicated=excite or exhilarate.
4. Ominous=giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen; threatening; inauspicious.
5. Supplementary=completing or enhancing something.
6. Forlornly=without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success
7. Earnestly=with sincere and intense conviction; seriously.
8. Gloating=contemplate or dwell on one’s own success or another’s misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure.
9. Transfixed=cause (someone) to become motionless with horror, wonder, or astonishment.
10. Pirouettings=to twirl around

All About Me Paragraph – Liam Byrne

(This paragraph and Sway presentation is about an event that has shaped who I am as a person)

It was a hot summers day in Oahu, Hawaii. I walked along the scorching sand of the Waikiki beach towards the water. My feet burned until I reached the smooth cool wet sand by the waters edge. The warm, salt water sloshed against the shore. I waded in and the waves crashed ahead of me. Today I was going body surfing for the first time. As I swam out with my body board under me I approached my first wave. When it came I turned around and started swimming away towards the shore. I almost caught the wave but, it started to go frothy and white at the top. Soon the water was on top of me. I was under for a few seconds and when I surfaced from beneath the water I opened my mouth to take a deep breath. Suddenly, sea water was in my eyes and mouth. Stinging and burning my eyes. The salty sea water was sickening. I needed to remove the water from my eyes and mouth as soon as possible. I swam to shore as quickly as I could, ran across the scorching hot sand towards the showers. I rinsed out my eyes and mouth in the showers. The fresh shower water was the most refreshing water I have ever had. After that I tried again and again to catch a wave but my swimming was not nearly as fast as it needed to be to catch a single wave. With or without goggles I still kept getting the salt water in my eyes and in my mouth. Later, I went to an ABC store and got flippers so I could swim faster and maybe be able to catch a wave. The next day I went out again, but this time I brought my flippers and two water bottles to help rinse out my eyes so I wouldn’t have to go all the way to the showers again. It was kind of a pain carrying all of that stuff across the hot, dry beach but it was also a real pain to get salt in my eyes and I needed to rinse out my mouth when I accidentally swallowed the salt water. This time when I went out into the warm seawater I had my flippers on and they helped me swim twice as fast. The first wave wasn’t big enough so I just let it go underneath me but the second wave was perfect. I turned around pumping my feet to go forward but I wasn’t able to catch that one. After a few small waves one medium sized wave glided towards me. I was already turned around and swimming away towards the shore when this wave picked me up and sent me gliding towards the shore. It was amazing. I’m glad that didn’t let my first day’s experience keep me from trying again and experiencing the joy of riding the waves.