Using Parallel Structure (Grade 10)

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Using Parallel Structure

1. 
"Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him."

How does Shakespeare use parallel structure in these lines from Julius Caesar?
(Hint, it's used in two different ways)



2. 
"Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him."

Write your own sentence using parallel structure modeled after the sentence above.



3. 
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood...

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Which shows Martin Luther King Jr.'s use of parallel structure?
  1. The subject of his speech
  2. The repetition of "I have a dream"
  3. The talk about his children
  4. The quoting of the Constitution and referencing history
4. 
"The quoting of the constitution and referencing of history"

The statement above correctly uses parallel structure.
  1. True
  2. False
5. 
Children's books such as "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," "Caps for Sale," and "Green Eggs and Ham," regularly use parallel structure.

Why do you think parallel structure is regularly found in children's books?



6. 
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."

How does Charles Dickens use parallel structure in the opening of "A Tale of Two Cities"?



7. 
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."

Write your own sentence containing parallel structure modeled after the sentence above.



8. 
“What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?”

How does parallel structure help this excerpt from a poem by William Blake?
  1. It adds rhythm.
  2. It adds imagery.
  3. It adds rhyme.
  4. It adds reason.
9. 
Fill in the blank in the following quote to make sure it contains parallel structure.

"You pierce my soul. I am half agony,                hope. Tell me that I am not too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever." - Jane Austen
10. 
Fill in the blanks of the following quote to make sure it contains parallel structure.

"Your weirdness will make you stronger.                dark side                keep you whole. Your vulnerability will connect you to the rest of our suffering world.                creativity                set you free. There's nothing wrong with you." - Andrea Balt

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