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This printable supports Common Core ELA Standards ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1, ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2, ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3, ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4 and ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6

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Comparing Movements (Grade 9)

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Comparing Movements

1. 
Passage 1

The Diary of a Survivor
I can never forget the cold January morning of 1941. It had snowed endlessly for days in Bukovina, my hometown in Romania. You might not know about Bukovina because that name doesn't show anywhere in the map. When the Nazis wiped out the face of my city from the map, they had erased my home, too.
Although I was a Jewish boy who had seen his country and people come to ruin during the dawn of an ugly war, I was still just a young boy. I was not prepared for what was to come. That morning I had refused to eat the meager meal my mother had somehow managed to prepare. How I wish I hadn't stormed out of the house in protest! That night, I stayed over at my best friend's house. Sure, I had felt guilty about snapping at my mother seconds after I blurted out those angry words, but it wasn't safe to return home at night. I could have been found by the Gestapo if I had tried to sneak out.
I returned as soon as the sun was high in the sky, but there was nobody waiting for me at home. The doors were broken and the windows had been smashed. Nobody knew where my mother and father had been taken.

Passage 2
Quit India Movement

The British colonizers in India had a tough battle in the ripe hours of the World War II. The British needed cooperation from the country in the life or death struggle against the Holocaust. India, however, wanted an end to the long fight for independence and freedom.
Mohandas Gandhi and his supporters had made it clear that they would not support the war unless India was granted immediate independence. Gandhi had already called on all Congressmen and Indians to unite against their colonizers and to stand by nonviolence.
Some argued about the immorality of refusing to assist the British in the fight against Germany. Others thought that Gandhi's opposition to the British was insufficient. This was the time that gave birth to "Quit India," the most powerful movement in the history of India's struggle for independence. Soon, mass arrests and an unforeseen amount of violence shook the nation that was ready for "Do or Die" in the cause of freedom.
A. 
How is this excerpt from The Diary of a Survivor reflective of the historical period described in Quit India Movement?
  1. Both are set in the same time period.
  2. Both show young boys' views on wars.
  3. Both discuss a city that no longer exists.
  4. Both focus on Indian freedom fighters.
B. 
How do the two passages differ with regard to point of view?



C. 
Both passages involve a protest for some sort of freedom.
  1. True
  2. False
D. 
The people of Bukovina could be compared to...
  1. The British
  2. Mohandas Gandhi and his supporters
  3. Others fighting in WWII
  4. The Gestapo
E. 
What irony exists between the two passages?
  1. One country gained independence, the other ceased to exist.
  2. Gandhi stressed nonviolence, but the British fought in WWII.
  3. The Gestapo in Bukovina was just like the British in India.
  4. India chose to gain Independence while people were dying in other parts of the world.
2. 
Passage 1

The Revival of Stephen Crane

Although Stephen Crane was an important literary figure in American literature at the time of his death, he was nearly forgotten for the next two decades. When critics revived interest in his life and work, Stephen Crane was rediscovered. The vividness of description and intensity found in Stephen Crane's fiction and poetry intrigued many writers and critics alike. Many related to the themes of fear, spiritual crisis, and isolation found in his works. Crane's The Red Badge of Courage became an American classic. He became renowned for his unconventional and ironic poetry and short stories, such as "The Open Boat," "The Blue Hotel," "The Monster," and "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky." Not only did Stephen Crane leave a deep impression on twentieth century writers such as Ernest Hemingway, but he also inspired the Modernist and the Imagist writers and artists.

Passage 2

A MAN SAID TO THE UNIVERSE
by Stephen Crane

A man said to the universe
"Sir, I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."
A. 
Which statement best compares the author's purpose in The Revival of Stephen Crane and the poet's purpose in the poem?
  1. The first passage describes many people's lives; the poem only describes the poet's life.
  2. The first passage narrates a story about the poet; the poem shows a universal point of view.
  3. The first passage informs about the poet's works; the poem reveals the poet's emotions.
  4. The first passage instructs the reader to read more about the poet; the poem shows an opinion.
B. 
Which line from passage 1 does the poem most support?
  1. The vividness of description and intensity found in Stephen Crane's fiction and poetry intrigued many writers and critics alike.
  2. Many related to the themes of fear, spiritual crisis, and isolation found in his works.
  3. He became renowned for his unconventional and ironic poetry and short stories, such as "The Open Boat," "The Blue Hotel," "The Monster," and "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky."
  4. Not only did Stephen Crane leave a deep impression on twentieth century writers such as Ernest Hemingway, but he also inspired the Modernist and the Imagist writers and artists.
C. 
During the modernist movement, poets frequently wrote poems that offered a bleak outlook on life and showed a group of individuals unsure of themselves.
Based on the information in both passages, how do you think Stephen Crane influenced the modernist movement?



D. 
Passage 1 says "The vividness of description and intensity found in Stephen Crane's fiction and poetry intrigued many writers and critics alike."

The word intrigued most likely means...
  1. confused
  2. fascinated
  3. made secret plans
  4. made curious
E. 
Passage 1 says, "He became renowned for his unconventional and ironic poetry and short stories..."

How does Passage 2 support that Stephen Crane's poetry was ironic?



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