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Mrs. LaFrance's Guide to "The Foghorn"
Terms in this set (22)
anguished - adjective
feeling great suffering or pain
apparatus - noun
device or machine
ascend - verb
to climb upward
concussion - noun
violent shaking, shock
daft - adjective
dinghy pier - noun
docking place for small boats
primeval - adjective
from the earliest ages
projection - noun
something that sticks out
raveling - adjective
separating, becoming thinner
saber tooths - noun
prehistoric tigers with large teeth
thresh - verb
beat or strike
verify - verb
test or check for correctness`
Why has McDunn put off telling Johnny about the creature?
McDunn has put off telling Johnny about the creature because he does not want Johnny to think he is crazy.
What would you think and feel if someone told that he or she had seen an enormous,
unknown sea creature?
Would you be inclined to believe or disbelieve the report?
What does McDunn say that the creature is doing when it comes to the surface?
Why might the creature be attracted to the sound of the foghorn?
...McDunn says that the creature is looking for more of its kind.
The creature might be attracted to the sound of the foghorn because it is similar to its own.
What causes Johnny to say, "It's impossible"?
...The sight of the sea creature causes Johnny to say, "It's impossible."
What does McDunn mean when he responds, "No, Johnny, we're impossible"?
In what sense is life today impossible for the sea creature?
...McDunn means that the evolution of human society is more unbelievable than the existence of a large, primitive sea creature.
Life today is impossible for the sea creature in that it does not fit into today's world.
What does the sea creature do to the foghorn and lighthouse?
...The sea creature destroys the foghorn and the lighthouse.
What do you think causes the sea creature to react in this way?
Why might loneliness sometimes find expression in a desperate action or in anger?
...The sea creature acts this way because it realizes that the foghorn is not another of its kind.
Loneliness can cause this reaction because the feeling of isolation creates a strong feeling of desperation.
At the end of this story, Johnny thinks, " I sat there wishing there was something I
What makes the situation of the sea creature hopeless, at least for now?
How does loneliness among human beings differ? What practical steps can people who are lonely take to change their situation?
...The situation of the sea creature is hopeless because it is completely isolated and alone, the last of its kind. Humans who are lonely have similar feelings.
However humans have the ability to communicate with other people.
People who are lonely can make efforts to talk to people who will understand and empathize with their particular situations.
The setting of a literary work is the time and place in which it happens.
What is the setting of this story?
What feelings do the descriptions of this setting create in a reader of the story?
...The setting of the story is an isolated lighthouse in a rural area.
The setting creates feelings of loneliness and isolation.
A theme is the central idea in a literary work.
What lesson does the story teach about the extent to which humans know and understand
the natural world?
What lesson does this story teach about the consequences of loneliness felt over a long
period of time?
...The story teaches us that humans know less than they think about the natural world and the creatures that inhabit it with us.
The story also teaches the danger of complete isolation and loneliness.
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