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This printable supports Common Core ELA Standards ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.2 and ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.3

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Comparing Theme (Grades 11-12)

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Comparing Theme

Passage 1

Back to the Future

Heath had come clean. The way of life he had led until now couldn't satisfy him. The day he decided to mend his mistakes was the day his mother said she still loved him. Heath knew, no doubt, that his family was waiting for him to turn around. Even in the darkest hours of the disappearance, Heath had not lost his faith in his family. Then, he had lost faith in himself and had walked out in anger. Heath had become lonely for the love that he had found smothering. After nights on the footpath, Heath knew what it took for his father to put a roof over his head. Suddenly, it all made sense. Heath was himself again. He felt newer and surer of himself like never before.

Passage 2

Not Drowning, but Waving

The day I almost drowned had saved my life.
I saw the world inside the waters' sphere.
Submerged I thought that I had lost it all,
and things had ended after one fateful fall.
But then, two hands reached for my shaky limbs.
I was pulled up; I made it to the shore.
I thank my life, more than I thanked before.
1. 
How are the archetypal settings in the poem and the story alike?
  1. They both take place in the underground from which the hero emerges.
  2. They both take place in the wilderness where the hero faces disillusionment.
  3. They both take place in the desert where the hero goes on a spiritual quest.
  4. They both take place in the city where the hero delves into the subconscious.
2. 
What biblical concept is discussed in the two texts?



3. 
Which line from passage one shows a hint of irony?
  1. After nights on the footpath, Heath knew what it took for his father to put a roof over his head.
  2. Heath had become lonely for the love that he had found smothering.
  3. Even in the darkest hours of the disappearance, Heath had not lost his faith in his family.
  4. The day he decided to mend his mistakes was the day his mother said she still loved him.
4. 
Which biblical story does Passage 1 reference?
  1. Jesus walking on water
  2. The Parable of the Sower
  3. The Prodigal Son
  4. Job and his trials
5. 
What does the author mean by the title of Passage 1, "Back to the Future"?



6. 
In Passage 2, the speaker credits the act of drowning, not the person who pulled him from the water, with saving his life. Why?



7. 
Which statement best sums up the theme of BOTH passages?
  1. You have to go back to go forward.
  2. Sometimes you don't know what you have until it's gone.
  3. You can always go home again.
  4. Life has its ups and downs.
8. 
In Passage 2, the word submerged most likely means...
  1. under water
  2. covered
  3. flooded
  4. obscured
9. 
In Passage 1, the word smothering most likely means...
  1. killing by covering someone's nose and mouth
  2. covering someone entirely with
  3. feeling trapped
  4. suppressing a feeling
10. 
What does the title of Passage 2, "Not Drowning, But Waving," most likely mean?



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