Questions for “Objects” Name _______________________________ Date _____________ Hr ____ Primary Focus: Close reading of text Secondary Focus: Symbolism Directions: Neatly write on this sheet, or type on a separate sheet, your answers to the following questions. Answer thoroughly and in complete sentences. 1. What is the writer’s main point? What specific statement(s) or phrase(s) let the reader know? 2. Does Lester actually expect his children to find room for 10,000 books? Does Lester likely even have 10,000 books? What is the purpose of this hyperbole (exaggeration)? 3. What specific items does the author value that others will find useless? What do you learn about Lester from his “valued” possessions? 4. Although the article is about the death of his father, the author takes a joking tone in paragraph three. What specific phrases or lines create this joking tone? Why do you think the author would do this in an essay about such a serious topic? 5. Why does the author keep his father’s slides? Assignment: Due _______________________________________ In this essay, Lester addresses in the idea that one’s identity is tied to his or her material possessions, that the things people treasure are somehow tied to who they are. For this assignment, rather than trying to bring in your most treasured possessions, bring in 3 to 5 items that could represent you symbolically. They must fit into the brown paper bag provided for you in class. For example, in my bag I included a broken drill bit to symbolize that sometimes despite my best intentions, the lack of skill or knowledge can cause me trouble. Try to be as “clever” as possible, but don’t worry if you find yourself bringing a simple item like a plastic fork to symbolize your love for fast food (although…the temporary…) The goal here is to challenge yourself to think outside of the box a little bit and share something about yourself, but to have fun with it. Consider audience: Do not bring anything inappropriate or even questionable. No photos unless they are pictures of any object that would not fit into your bag. Limit 2 for that.