Tuesday, February 4, 2020

What Does It Mean To Be A Good Mathematician?

A good mathematician is not necessarily someone who knows every form of math ever and how to do them all, it's someone who can learn and understand math and/or even teach it in a way others can understand. I think.....

Monday, January 27, 2020

Aesop's Fables - English Scholarship Pathways

Over the past while I have been working on an english scholarship blog. For this I had to choose two topics to look into and then make something to show my comprehension of it. Aesop's fables is one of the topics I choose you can view it as a bunch of black arial or a bit more of a colourful powtoon at the bottom. So here it is:
Aesop's fables
Who was Aesop?
Aesop was a greek slave responsible for writing a collection of over 700 fables. Fables are short
stories -usually with talking animals- that have a moral or a lesson at the end.
Some of my favorite fables include:
The Fox And The Stork, The Lion And The Mouse, and The Fox And The Grapes
The Fox And The Stork
In short a fox wanted to play a prank on the stork so he invited him round for dinner. The stork
showed up with a good appetite but this was a prank after all. The fox had made soup but he served
it in a small flat dish the stork couldn't eat from. The stork kept a cool head and invited the fox round
for dinner himself. When the fox showed up the stork had made a yummy smelling fish dinner. He
served it in a tall thin necked vase that the fox couldn't eat from. The fox was mad.
The moral is: Do not play tricks on your neighbors unless you can stand the same treatment yourself.
The Lion And The Mouse
Basically a lion was sleeping and a mouse came along. Startled the mouse ran across the lions
nose and woke him. The lion brought it's huge paw down and caught the mouse. "Spare me" said
the mouse "And some day I will surely repay you". The lion laughed but was feeling nice so he let
the mouse go. Some days later the lion got caught in a trap while chasing its prey. The mouse came
along and saw the lion was trapped so he started gnawing on the rope. Soon the lion was free, the
mouse said "And you laughed when I said I could help you".
The moral is: Kindness is never wasted
The Fox And The Grapes
One day a fox was walking and he saw some grapes growing on a tall tree. The grapes looked big
and juicy and the fox wanted some. The fox jumped and jumped again and again to try get the grapes.
When the fox couldn't get the grapes he said "I didn't want your sour grapes anyway".
The moral is: Many pretend to despise and belittle that which is out of their reach.
using the inspiration from the other fables I thought I should try write my own
The Fox & The Fish
One scaldingly hot day a fox was taking a swim in a cool clear lake. But he was unaware of what
lurked in the depths. As the fox dove beneath the surf a group of fish swam up. "Go back to the
shore land mammal the water's dangerous" the fish warned. "why?" asked the fox, "there are
dangerous currents that can pull you under" replied the fish. The fox being as clever as he was
thought he should test the fish by asking the fish where the currents were to see if they would hesitate,
and they did. "What is it really?" the fox quizzed."We can't tell you he'll kill us" the fish whispered, and
he did, for no sooner did they say it a shark snapped them up.
The moral is: You shouldn't ignore warnings
Fun Facts
  • Most of his fables are meant to highlight bad or poor human decisions and behaviors.
  • In order to allow the animals to appear in multiple tales and roles, Aesop did not restrict the animals to behaving in a manner generally associated with that particular animal.
  • While it's hard to know for sure, it's suggested in several older writings that perhaps Aesop stuttered.
  • It seems like perhaps, after earning his freedom from slavery, he upset a few people with his wit, stories, and opinions. The tale goes that he openly criticized the priests at Delphi and angered them so much so they murdered him.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Merchant Of Venice Act 3 Scene 4-5 Reflection

This time questions for scene four and five.

What is Lorenzo’s opinion of Antonio?
Lorenzo thinks Antonio is a really nice guy and a gentleman.

What does Portia tell Lorenzo she intends to do?
Go to the nunnery and wait there for her husband to come back.

What does she ask Lorenzo and Jessica to do for her and why?
She asks them to look after her house while she is away.

Why does Portia think Antonio and Bassanio must be alike?
She said "Which makes me think this Antonio, being the bosom lover of my lord, must needs be like my lord."

Why do Portia and Nerissa intend to travel dressed as men?
So they seem accomplished in something their not.

In A3S4 L 60-78, how does Portia describe the behaviour and attitudes of young men.
She describes them as confident outgoing people that like to brag a lot.

Does it seem likely that Portia is going to follow the expected behaviour of a wife?
No, she is bold and outgoing and likes being the boss of people so she will probably stay that way.
In his jokey conversation with Jessica, why is Launcelot against the conversion of Jews to Christianity?
Because if all the Jews became christians the price of pork would go up.

What is Jessica’s opinion of Portia?
She thinks of here as a heavenly lady.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Self Directed Learning Goal

I didn't read three peoples lines so I just want to read a lot this week.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Merchant Of Venice Act 3 Scene 2 reflection

The questions for Scene 2

Why does Portia want Bassanio to delay his choice?
She doesn't want Bassanio to leave so soon if he does pick the wrong casket.

What makes Bassanio choose lead over the silver and gold caskets?, find the quotes in the text to support your thinking.
Thou gaudy gold, hard food for Midas, I will none of thee; nor none of thee, thou pale and common drudge 'tween man and man: but thou, thou meagre lead, which rather threat'nest than dost promise aught, thy paleness moves me more than eloquence.

What does Portia’s speech A3S2 L166-174 reveal about the expected roles of a woman in marriage.
They are property to the men.

What did Gratiano’s and Nerissa’s wish to marry depend on?
Bassanio had to marry Portia.

How does Portia know that the letter contains bad news?
Bassanio went really pale when he read the letter.

What help does Portia offer straightaway?
She wants to give him lots of money to save his friend.

Why do we not expect this help to be successful?
Shylock really wants a pound of flesh from Antonio.

Do you think Portia would still be in love with Bassanio if she knew he had lied about his wealth?
Yes, she liked him all ready.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Merchant Of Venice Act 2 - Scene 1 Reflection

Now we have started Act II, here are the questions for scene one. This was a short scene.

We have watched racial and religious tensions at work in A1S3. The Prince of Morocco opens A2S1 with another sensitive issue. What is it?He does not want portia to be racist and dislike him because of his skin color.

If Antonio loses his gamble, he must forfeit a pound of flesh. What must Portia’s suitors give up if they fail to win her?They may never marry another woman.

What is Portia’s opinion of the Prince of Morocco- give examples.
He is ok, She warns him about the punishment for choosing the wrong casket.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Merchant Of Venice Act 1 - Scene 3 Reflection

Now the questions for the third scene of The Merchant Of Venice

Shylock is a moneylender. Does he seem eager to do business with Bassanio? How do you know?
Yes, he seems like he thinks he could

Which does Shylock think is safe, his business or Antonio’s? Why?
His business because he does not require ships which are likely to sink.

Why doesn’t Shylock want to dine with Bassanio and Antonio?
Because he is a jew and they think pork contains the devil.

What strict principal of his is Antonio breaking to help Bassanio?
Not charging interest

Shylock tells a bible story to prove that the taking of profit is blessed, as long as thieving is not involved. Does he convince Antonio? Give evidence.
No, Antonio said that it was something that was out of the man's control

Shylock accuses Antonio of a whole catalogue of nastiness. How does Antonio answer the charges?
Antonio says he will probably do the things again, but he also said he should lend it to an enemy rather than a friend so it is easier to exact revenge

How does Bassanio react to the proposed bond?
He is not happy about the bond.