Welcome, to Sheffner’s AS1 class blog. This is a record of each week’s lesson, plus the homework. I may sometimes add related information or videos for you to watch or read. I will update this blog each Friday evening usually, and by Sunday evening at the latest.
NB: Next class (week 4) will be in 2 weeks’ time, on May 6th.
We checked the answers to the short-answer questions for chapter 2.
Together, we wrote answers to the short essay questions for chapter 2.
Question 5: Summarize, in your own words, how Uncle Andrew obtained the dust used for making the rings.
Uncle Andrew was asked by his godmother to destroy a box that she kept secret, but instead, he kept the box. He first investigated the box and eventually learned that it came from the lost civilization of Atlantis. He then began to study magic. He then opened the box and saw the dust, and guessed that it came from another world and that it would help someone travel from world to world.
Question 6: Why did Uncle Andrew need two children for his “experiment” with the rings?
First, Uncle Andrew believes he is too important and too special to do dangerous things. The truth is, he is simply a coward. Secondly, he needed someone he could trick easily; an adult would not be easily tricked. Third, he planned things so that the first child (Polly) would take a ring without realizing what would happen. Then the second child (Digory) would want to rescue the first and so he would be able to give the second child instructions for returning from the other world.
Question 7: What does Digory say that actually gets Uncle Andrew’s full attention and why does it have this effect?
Digory says that now that the old tales about magic are true and that people like Uncle Andrew are always punished. As Uncle Andrew is something of a coward – he is not brave enough to try the rings himself – this possibility of danger or destruction really frightens him.
Question 8: Why does Digory wish he was older (or bigger)?
Digory wishes he were older because he wants to punch Uncle Andrew. If a child punches an adult, he will probably be punished, but if he were an adult, people would listen to his explanation. Digory is angry at Uncle Andrew for tricking Polly and manipulating him into rescuing her.
Joseph lives in a house made of stone, wood and grass/straw/earth. He lives there with his two brothers and father (who dies early in the story). The house is on a hill by the sea.
Why does Joseph want to kill Mr. Christie?
Joseph wants to kill Mr. Christie because Mr. Christie’s representative burned his house down. Also, Joseph is angry at all landlords because another landlord (not Mr. Christie) was partly responsible for the death of Joseph’s father, and because many landlords in Ireland at that time were not Irish but English.
Watch the next part of the movie (up to where Shannon plays American music on the piano).