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English 1 Assignments for "The Scarlet Ibis"
 
 
1. "The Scarlet Ibis" VOCABULARY DEFINITIONS
2. "The Scarlet Ibis" Guided Reading Questions
3. Identifying Basic Literary Terms in "The Scarlet Ibis" 4. Using Plot to Find Themes in "The Scarlet Ibis"
5. "The Scarlet Ibis" Objective Test
6. "The Scarlet Ibis" Subjective Test
 

 
Name __________________________                   Period ______


"The Scarlet Ibis" VOCABULARY DEFINITIONS
 
This story depends on its vocabulary to evoke feelings for the times and for the people. Without them, the story is meaningless. Please find the Vocabulary before readings the story.

1. clove: ________________________________________________________________
2. rank: ________________________________________________________________
3. caul: ________________________________________________________________
4. invalid: _______________________________________________________________
5. piazza: _______________________________________________________________
6. Paris green: ___________________________________________________________
7. imminent : _____________________________________________________________
8. brogans: ______________________________________________________________
9. vortex: ________________________________________________________________
10. iridescent: ____________________________________________________________
11. infallibility: ____________________________________________________________
12. entrails: ______________________________________________________________
13. dog days: ____________________________________________________________
14. doggedness: __________________________________________________________
15. reiterate: _____________________________________________________________
16. precariously: __________________________________________________________
17. exotic: _______________________________________________________________
19. nettles: ______________________________________________________________
20. evanesced: __________________________________________________________
21. vermilion: ____________________________________________________________

Name __________________________ Period ______

"The Scarlet Ibis" Guided Reading Questions

Preview
1. WHEN is the setting of this story? __________________________________________________________
2. Where is the setting? __________________________________________________________
3. What are we told is Doodle's problem? __________________________________________________________
4. Who is telling the story? ____________________________________________________________
5. What is the expectation for Doodle's life? __________________________________________________________
6. What does the brother try to do to Doodle? __________________________________________________________

Part 1: Paragraph 1
7. Make a list of phrases referring to life/death:
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8. Make a list of phrases referring to disease or decomposition:
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9. What replaces the "bleeding tree"
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10. What does the grindstone grind away? __________________________________________________________
Part 2
11. What kind of crazy was old Miss Leedie? ____________________________________
12. What kind of crazy was Doodle? __________________________________________
13. What was Aunt Nicey's reason for thinking that Doodle would not die in infancy?
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14. What was Doodle's real name? ___________________________________________________________
15. What did his brother think was wrong with the name? ___________________________________________________________
16. What did the narrator want a brother to do with him?
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17. What did Mama mean by Doodle might not be "all There"?
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18. What made the narrator decide that Doodle was mentally okay?
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19. What did Doodle accomplish that made him one of the family?
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20. Why did the narrator name him &#8220; Doodle &#8220;?
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21. Why did Aunt Nicey object to the nickname?
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22. Why was renaming Doodle a kind thing to do?
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Part 3
23. What did the narrator do to discourage Doodle from wanting to come with him?
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24. What did the narrator learn when he "knew I was licked"?
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25. What "beauty"; did he show Doodle ? _____________________________________________________________
26. What did they usually do there?
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27. What made the narrator mean to Doodle ?
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28. What did Brother make Doodle do in the barn?
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29. What was Doodle's reaction? _________________________________________
Part 4
30. How does the narrator describe pride?
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31. Describe the picture that Brother painted for Doodle as a motivator for walking.
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Part 5
32. What day did they choose to show off Doodle's ability to walk?
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33. Why did Brother cry when Doodle told everyone that he had taught Doodle to walk?
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34. What were the 2 common elements in all of Doodle's "lies"?
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35. What was the brothers' joint plan for the future?
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Part 6
36. After Doodle successfully walked, what was Brother's long-term plan?
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37. Why didn't they make much progress in the winter?
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38. What was Doodle's reply when Brother asked him if he wanted to be different from everybody else when he started school?
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Part 7
39. Why wouldn't Brother admit defeat? _________________________________________________________________ 40. What had happened to the excitement in the project?
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41. What was wrong with the bird's wings?______________________________________________________________
42. What happened to its eyes when it fell out of the tree?
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43. What did it look like in death?
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44. What did Doodle do with the dead bird? ______________________________________________________________
45. Why did the family laugh? ______________________________________________________________
Part 8
46. What did both boys know as they headed home before the storm?
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47. What was Doodle looking for from Brother?
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48. Why did Brother run? ___________________________________________________
49. Compare Doodle's physical body in death with that of the Scarlet Ibis.
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50. Compare Doodle's spirit with that of the Scarlet Ibis.
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Name __________________________                                       Period ______

Identifying Basic Literary Terms in "The Scarlet Ibis"

GIVE EXAMPLES of THE FOLLOWING TERMS as they occur in the story..

1. Plot
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2. Setting
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3. Characterization
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4. Theme
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5. Conflict
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6. Protagonist
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7. Antagonist
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8. Mood (or Atmosphere)
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COPY THE FORM & FIND Examples of the 6 Basic Elements of Plot in "The Scarlet Ibis".
OR ADD these 6 Terms to your Basic Literary Terms and GIVE Examples of the 6 Basic Elements of Plot in "The Scarlet Ibis".

Name __________________________ Period ______

Using Plot Conflicts to Identify Literary Themes 
in "The Scarlet Ibis" 
(
Not everything on the form applies to every story ever written. )
 

TITLE of STORY: __________________________________________

I. TYPES OF CONFLICT (Check the ones which you found in the story & describe the situation.)

____1. Human V. Nature ____________________________________________________________ 
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____ 2. Human V. Human ___________________________________________________________
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____ 3. Human V. Self ____________________________________________________________
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____ 4. Human V. God _____________________________________________________________
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____ 5. Human V. Society
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II. ANALYSIS OF CONFLICTS
A. PRIMARY CONFLICT TYPE: ____________________________________
(Which one of the Types of Conflicts you checked is the biggest problem in the story?)
1. Protagonist:____________________ 2. Antagonist: ____________________
3. Problem: ______________________________________________________
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4. WINNER: _____________________ 5. PRIZE:_________________________ 6. SOLUTION: _________________________________________________
7. MEANING: __________________________________________________
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B. SECONDARY CONFLICT TYPE:__________________________________
(Which one of the Types of Conflicts you checked is the second biggest problem in the story?)
1. Protagonist:____________________ 2. Antagonist: ____________________
3. Problem: ______________________________________________________
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4. WINNER: _____________________ 5. PRIZE:_________________________ 6. SOLUTION: _________________________________________________
7. MEANING: __________________________________________________
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When you have completed your assignments, notify your teacher that you are ready to TAKE THE OBJECTIVE TEST.

Scarlet Ibis Subjective Test

PART 3: Essay Questions: Approximately 100 words each.

MOOD & SETTING:
Describe the setting of "The Scarlet Ibis" -- the time in history, the location in the world, the physical geography & topography of the place they live-- and explain how the setting of the story affects the mood and atmosphere.

CONFLICT:
Clearly Doodle has a physical conflict with his own body. His brother's conflicts are of a different nature. Identify & describe Brother's conflicts in the story.

THEME:
Describe the "lessons" of the story, using examples to prove your points.
Things to Consider:
When Brother asks Doodle if he would be embarressed to go to school unable to walk, Doodle doesn't see the problem. Whose problem is it?
Brother abandons
SYMBOLISM:
Explain the connection between Doodle and the Ibis. Compare the way they look when they die in order to establish that there is supposed to be a connection. Then explain how they are alike.

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