Second Semester Reflection 10 11

English II
Reflection 10-11
Second Semester
Name: Charlie Schubert
Directions: Please word process and double-space your responses to the following questions directly below
the question. Answer in complete and thoughtful sentences. (Each answer should be approximately one
1. Reflecting on your coursework this year, in which areas have you done well? What are you most
proud of?
This Semester I feel like I have done well with the reading quizzes (recently) and the vocab. quizzes. I have enjoyed
the class discussions we have had in your class.
2. Check back to the goals you set for yourself at the end of the first semester; discuss why you feel these
goals were or were not accomplished. Were they realistic? Could success or failure truly be measured?
In the end success could not really be measured in English and my goal was to have an B+ or above in the class
and I think I have an 85 but should have a 86 or 87 once you add my rich bucks and could potentially bring it up
close to a 90 by the end of the year.
3. Set three new goals for English III. What will it take for you to accomplish the new goals? Please be
specific. (Remember, when talking about goals, don’t set ambiguous goals that cannot be assessed—
instead, set goals where progress can be measured.)
My goal in English 3 is to obtain at least a grade of a B+ or higher, read a lot, to obtain better writing skills.
In order to achieve these goals I am just going to have to put more time towards English each day.
4. Of all the texts we’ve read this semester (Othello, Maus, Persepolis, Life of Pi, Mountains Beyond
Mountains) which was your favorite? Why? Which was your least favorite? Why? My favorite book of
the semester was life of pi because it was very mysterious and different and had a really good ending. My least
favorite book of the year is Mountains Beyond Mountains even though I haven’t finished it yet I think it is “dry
yeast less factuality”.
5. Answer five questions from the Mountains Beyond Mountains Discussion Questions handout.
(See below)
4) When Paul Farmer says “To understand Russia, to understand Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Boston,
identity politics, Sri Lanka, and Life Savers, you have to be on top of this hill” he means that in order to understand how
everything works and understand all of it you need to be on the top like as a government official and or president or have a
meaningful job high up in the social stature.
14) When Paul Farmer says “Clean water and health care and schools and food and tin roofs and cement floors, all of
these things should constitute a set of basics that people must have as birthrights” I agree with it because everyone in life
should be born with an opportunity to succeed like with education. Also every human being needs at least rights to food
water and a pursuit of happiness and most people need an education.
15) I couldn’t agree more with Margaret Meads statement “never underestimate the ability of a small group of
committed individuals to change the world” because most movements that happen in the world are started by a small
group of people and they grow bigger as time goes on and word spreads around.
16)The United States and France are somewhat responsible for the tragedies in the world like Haiti and Japan. Not
like responsible like a treaty or an agreement that we have with that countries but I feel like it is more of a moral obligation
to go and help out other countries especially when Americans are probably a lot of causes for a lot of these tragedies like
with all of the pollutants Americans put in the air
19) In issues of social justice I do not think that the Farmers efforts would be more engaging towards the poorer
community because the poorer community is the one that needs most of the things like food and could use the support.
5. Discuss your experience completing the This I Believe Project or the Human Rights Film Project. Was it
meaningful? Was it enjoyable? Did you learn something new? Explain
Doing the Human Rights film project I feel like was very productive and a little fun. I got to
watch a movie I had not seen before the movie Hurt Locker. It was about a bomb squad in Iraq. It related
to what we have been doing this year with Heifer and everything. Overall it was enjoyable and I learned
new facts and things about third world countries I had not known before.
Look at your Year-End Reading Record; how many books did you read over the course of
the 2010-2011 Academic Year? How many total pages did you read? Are you satisfied
with your totals? Why or why not? Explain.
The total numbers of pages I read this school year is 646. I think that those total number of pages are good
and I’m satisfied with the number of pages I read considering I was only at the school for one semester.
8. If you should have any other questions, comments or concerns, feel free to discuss them here; any
constructive criticism or, more importantly, laudatory remarks are welcome. 
English II
Mountains Beyond Mountains
Discussion Questions
Directions: Answer five of the following twenty questions to complete # 5
1. What do you think the book achieves? For you personally? For society? Do you think that Paul Farmer inspires others
to work for the common good? How can global citizenship and civic engagement be empowered on Louisville
Collegiate’s campus?
2. How is Farmer’s medical work related to his sense of self and sense of community? What did you learn about his
medical convictions and for the people living in poverty? About faith and medicine? What shaped Farmer’s values and
world view?
3. What is Paul Farmer’s view of public policy and health issues? What does he advocate in Haiti, Peru, and Russia where
health care is expensive and not accessible to most? What do you think of his ideas? Do you think they are applicable to
the United States? How important are utilitarian principles (greatest good for the greatest number of people) to public
4. What does Farmer mean to you when he says, “To understand Russia, to understand Cuba, the Dominican Republic,
Boston, identity politics, Sri Lanka, and Life Savers, you have to be on top of this hill?”
5. Do you think that Paul Farmer’s childhood and family had an influence over the choice he made professionally, or
about his way of seeing life in general? What about the factors that influenced your choices in life, your goals, your world
6. One of Farmer’s patients describes him as a saint and Kidder suggests that the Zanmi Lasante clinic in Haiti is a
miracle. Farmer speaks openly of spirituality and religious belief. What role do you think faith plays in his life and in the
projects to which he is connected?
7. Paul Farmer is able to connect with people with very diverse socioeconomic and intellectual backgrounds. He moves
people who meet him to look beyond their personal interests and commit to the betterment of the world. Although "lives
of service depend on lives of support," what personal and familial sacrifices does this require? Would you feel differently
if Farmer were a woman?
8. What do you think of his Farmer’s convergence of his political, medical, and social
public positions as a doctor? Do you share his attitude? Do you think this blending is effective?
9. How do you think Tracy Kidder is affected by Farmer? Why does he portray his own feelings towards Farmer? Is
Kidder’s use of direct quotes to reveal Farmer's character and his own effective?
10. What does the Haitian proverb “beyond mountains there are mountains” mean in your life?
11. Discuss the implications for “a minor error in one setting of power and privilege could have an enormous impact on
the poor in another” (78) by exploring the impact of the eradication of the Creole pig and the building of the Peligre dam
had on Haiti.
12. The sister of a pregnant Haitian woman with malaria stated, “You can’t even get a blood transfusion if you’re
poor…we’re all human beings” (80). What does that statement mean to you?
13. What does Farmer’s philosophy of “the only real nation is humanity” mean to you?
14. Farmer says, “Clean water and health care and schools and food and tin roofs and cement floors, all of these things
should constitute a set of basics that people must have as birthrights (91). Do you agree?
15. Do you agree with Margaret Mead's statement, “never underestimate the ability of a small group of committed
individuals to change the world”?
16. How is Haiti "covered with the fingerprints…of France and the United States?" (73) In what ways are wealthy
countries responsible for the poverty of other countries?
17. Farmer believes we should give more of the world's wealth to the poor: the O for the P (the central imperative of
liberation theology). Do you agree with the idea that we should have a preferential option for the poor?
18. How do MDRTB and AIDS threaten the health of the world? What role does Farmer take in trying to make countries
more involved with the treatment of patients, prisoners and poor people?
19. Consider issues of social justice that are closer to home: Would Farmer’s efforts be more appropriately directed to
public health projects in poor communities in the United States? Engage in a discussion of basic rights (political, civic,
social, human) and distribution of public health resources (nutrition, transportation, housing, pest control, sanitation,
20. Look up the website for Partners in Health ( What gets your attention? Would you consider making a
donation? Why or why not. Thoroughly explain your answer.