Monthly Book Club

Marcus H.
Cheating Death
Sanjay Gupta, M.D.

What do you think was the author’s purpose in writing this book?*

I think the authors purpose of writing  this book was to tell people about the new procedures, tests, and things in the process of development that are being used to help extend people lives.

Who do you think is the intended audience for this book?*

The intended audience for this book is probably for teenagers and above.

Rate the book from 1-10*

How does this book change the definition of death?

This book changes the definition of death because it shows that someone who is considered clinically can be revived after some amount of time. It also show that by taking the breath portion of of CPR it has been shown effective that they have a better chance of living then wasting time to give them breaths. Their are so many more medical miracles in this book that show that the new research in medicine and procedures are changing the definition of death.

Monthly Book Club

Marcus H.
How Not to Die
Jan Garavaglia M.D.

What do you think was the author’s purpose in writing this book?*

I think the author purpose in writing this book was to inform people of various ways to die and to teach them how to improve their lives so they can live longer or so they won’t die in that way.

Who do you think is the intended audience for this book?*

I think the intended audience for this book is for people in their teenage years and above because if they read it as a teen then they can improve their live early.

Rate the book from 1-10*

Above you rated this book. Explain in detail why you gave this book that score?

I rated the book a 10 and I rated it that because I felt as though this book was great and I recommend it for people to read. This book I think has gave me a new outlook and way to live my life healthier and better because from theses real life situations I have realized that I don’t want to live my life a way where I die tragically like some people in this book. The information and value in this book is so great and I have definitely taken a lot from this book that will go with me throughout my life.

“The Bluest Eye” – Toni Morrison (Winter)

1. extemporized—-perform something without preparation

2. unabashed—-not embarrasses or ashamed

3. genuflected—-to lower one’s body by bending their leg

4. gelid—-extremely cold

5. inviolable—-not capable of being violated or infringed

6. surfeit—-eating until excessively full

7. epiphany—-a divine manifestation

8. macabre—-shockingly repellent


1. How does Morrison personify Winter and use metaphors comparing Mr. MacTeer to winter? Give specific examples from the text.

A:  Toni Morrison personifies winter and uses metaphors comparing Mr.MacTeer to winter, for example “He worked night and day to keep one from the door and the other from under the windowsill.” , here  Toni Morrison uses figurative language to show how much of a hard worker and determined man Mr. MacTeer was and how much he valued his family. Also, she compared people throughout the chapter winter to winter.

2. How is Pecola harassed by the group of boys? What effect does it have on her? How is this reminiscent of common bullying?

A: Pecola is harassed because of her social status or because of he place in society. Also, she was teased because of the problems happening in her household, about her father, mother, and being poor. The is effected her because from them teasing her or harassing her it showed her insecurity to others and herself. This bulling that Pecola experience during this chapter was one of the common bullying because she was teased about stupid things like their place in society, race, etc. and this is common in todays society.

3. Describe Maureen Peal. Comment on her interaction with Pecola.

A: Maureen Peal is a preppy sort of snobby girl. As a first impression she was nice girl and people just were jealous of her. Then as I read more of the story I found out that she uses her popularity to befriend people just to get what she wants from them, as she did with Pecola.

4. Examine Claudia and Frieda’s comparison of themselves wit Maureen.

A: Claudia and Frieda compare themselves to Maureen in many ways for instances on popularity, looks, and how they are loved by others.

5. Tell me about MacTeer sisters’ meeting with the prostitutes, how do they react and what does this about them?

A: When Claudia and Frieda meet the prostitutes they realized that Mr. Henry wasn’t suppose to have people over and especially prostitutes.

6. Analyze Geraldine and discuss her significance to the story.

A: Geraldine is a confused and flamboyant women, who puts her cat before her own son and family. Which is a disgrace and she hardly loves anything. So her definition of love is really way out in left field!

7.  Examine the importance of Geraldine and her relationship with Junior.

A: Geraldine spoils Junior with everything he wants, but she still outs the cat before him. This show that Geraldine status or rate for a mom is low because spoiling your children doesn’t help them amount to anything. For Junior it must be hard being put after a cat and not being loved by his mother, so that my be a result of his bullying.

8. How does Junior treat Pecola? How about his mother, how does she treat Pecola? What impact does this have on Pecola?

A: Like any other bully he treats Pecola like she is nothing, cruel, and harsh. Geraldine, his mother, treats Pecola like trash when she thinks Pecola i being mean to Junior.

“The Merchant of Venice” Act V Questions

1.What message does Stephano deliver to Lorenzo and Jessica?

A: The message was that Portia and Nerissa have arrived.

2.What opinion does Lorenzo hold of men who don’t like music?

A: Lorenzo thinks that they feel no emotion of love.

3.What does Portia order her household not to do?

A: Portia orders that they take no being of the absence.

4.To whom does Nerissa claim to believe Gratiano gave his ring?

A: Nerissa belives that Gratiano gave it to another woman.

5.What does Portia threaten when Bassanio admits he gave the ring away?

A: She threatens him that she will not see or talk to him  until the ring is returned.

6.What does Portia claim she will do if she encounters the doctor to whom Bassanio gave the ring?

A: She says if she sees the doctor with her ring the doctor must lay with her.

7.How does Antonio attempt to placate Portia?

A: By telling her he witnessed give the ring to the clerk.

8.What does Portia offer Bassanio to seal the new promise?

A: Another ring.

9.What secret does Portia reveal to the company?

A: That she was infact the doctor and Nerissa was the clerk.

10.What good news does Portia tell Antonio?

A: That shylock’s gift is that after he dies all his possessions go to him.

“The Merchant of Venice” Act IV Questions

1. What does the Duke request of Shylock?

A: The Duke requests that Shylock is to forgive him and come up with a different agreement.

2. What reason does Shylock give for his wanting the pound of Antonio’s flesh?

A: That the Jews and Christians should have the same rights. Shylock also mentioned thatAntonio always spat on him.

3. Why does Antonio advise his friends to give up attempting to dissuade Shylock?

A: Because Antonio knows that Shylock wont back down and that the deal was what it was.

4. Why does Shylock believe the Duke must enforce the terms of the bond?

A: Because the bond was made and it should be followed up with no matter what.

5. Why does Portia, disguised as the lawyer, initially conclude that Shylock’s bond must beadhered to?

A: Portis disguises herself so she can help Antonio, so that he doesn’t have to give one pound of flesh to Shylock.

6. Although she acknowledges Shylock’s right to a pound of Antonio’s flesh, how does Portia prevent the usurer from acting on it?

A: She says that if any drip of christian blood is dripped he Shylock has the right to die.

7. Why is Shylock stripped of his possessions?

A: Because he tried to murder or harm a christian.

8. Apart from the financial conditions, what does Antonio’s new arrangement demand of Shylock?

A: He doubles his money and Antonio does not lose one pound of flesh, and half of the money goes to Jessica.

9. What does the disguised Portia demand from Bassanio for her services?

A: She demands the ring that she gave to him.

10. Why is Bassanio reluctant to give up the ring?

A: Because it was the ring his wife gave him showing her love, and she made him promise that he wouldn’t give it away or loose it no matter what.

How Gwen Richards and I Shared a Similar Experience…

I have recently watched this audio on the link above. As Gwen has said ” My mother was the glue to our family” I have to change that and say “My great-grandmother was the glue to our family.” I chose this story because I have recently lost my great-grandmother to this terrible disease and it is very hard being there and watching her mind deteriorate day after day. I help her for six years and the only time I left her side was for school and sometimes hanging out with friends, but I rarely did that because I felt as if this was what I was here to do help her through this struggle as Gwen did with her mother. Because sitting there realizing that she is here, but it s not her anymore because her mind is gone, but I was the only person she remember most of the time and that made me feel special and sad at the same time because she was a great women always helping everyone and toward the end she was nothing. I believe God did this because for the 85 years she didn’t have it she helped us and now it return we helped her. Now she is where she belongs with her mother, father, sisters, and brothers where she wanted to be. She lived a great life and is up in heaven watching over me and guiding me through my life until I am with her again.

“The Merchant of Venice” Act III Questions

1. Why, since it won’t result in any financial gain, does Shylock insist on the terms of his bond with Antonio?

A: Antonio and Shylock made a deal and if Antonio doesn’t give his bond he must give a pound of flesh and a deal is a deal.

2. What news does Tubal bring Shylock?

A: Tubal told Shylock that Antonio’s ships sank and he wouldn’t be able to pay back the bond.

3. Why does Portia want Bassanio to wait before facing the challenge of the three caskets?

A: Because Portia wants Bassanio to wait and be with her for a little while.

4. Why does Bassanio select the lead casket?

A: Bassanio select the lead casket because he thought it was the right one and indeed it was.

5. What does the lead casket contain?

A: The lead casket contain Portia picture and a scroll.

6. What doe Portia claim will occur if Bassanio gives up the ring she gave him?

A: Portia claim that it will sow that Bassanio doesn’t love her as much as she thought.

7. What does Gratiano reveal after Bassanio solves the riddle of the three caskets?

A: Gratiano revealed that Portia would now be Bassanio’s

8.Why does Portia allow Bassanio to leave before they get married?

A: Portia allow him to leave becasue she knows that Antonio is in trouble and that they are best friends.

9. According to Antonio, why won’t the Duke be able to intercede on his behalf?

A: Because a bond is a bond and it was a written agreement and it was signed so Antonio must hold up his end of the bargain.

10. What does Portia decide to do at the end of Act III?

A: Portia decides to dress up like a man and go to the court for Antonio and helps him so Shlock doesn’t recieve the pound of flesh.

“The Merchant of Venice” Act II Questions

1. Why does Morocco fear Portia will reject him at the outset?

A: Morocco think he will be rejected by Portia because of his skin color.

2. What is Bassanio’s reservation about Gratiano accompanying him to Belmont?

A:Bassanio’s reservation was that Gratiano had to be more mature in this voyage because he is known to be immature.

3. What is Jessica’s dilemma concerning her father, Shylock?

A: Jessica’s dilemma is that she can’t love a Christian and also that she is ashamed of him.

4. How does Lorenzo plan to disguise Jessica in order to escape from her father?

A:Lorenzo plans to disguise Jessica as a boy to escape from her father house

5. Before going to dine with Antonio and Bassanio, what advice does Shylock give his daughter?

A: The advice that Shylock gave Jessica was to lock all the doors and not to leave the house.

6. Why does Jessica not want Lorenzo to see her when he arrives at Shylock’s house?

A: Jessica didn’t want Lorenzo to she her because she was disguised as a boy and she was embarassed.

7. What is Morocco’s rationle for choosing the gold casket?

A: Morocco chose the gold casket because he figured that she is worth nothing less and every suitor wants her.

8. What news has Salerio heard, making him anxious?

A: Salerio heard that some ships have sank on a voyage and he fears that it maybe Antonio’s ships.

9. How does Solanio interpret Antonio’s sadness at Bassanio’s departure?

A: Solanio sys that Antonio is upset because BAssanio is leaving an that is his best friend and he is lossing him.

10. Which casket does Aragon choose, and why?

A: Aragon chose the silver casket because he feels as if he deserves her more than any other suitor.

“The Merchant of Venice” Act I Questions

Q1: What causes do Salerio and Salanio suggest for Antonio’s  melancholy?

A: They suggest that he is sad because he is in love and that his ships might be indanger.

Q2: What humorous advice does Gratiano offer Antonio?

A: He told Antonio to talk because soon he would forget his own voice eventually.

Q3: Why does Bassanio want Antonio to loan him more money?

A: Bassanio wants Antonio to loan him money because he wants to go on a journey to Belmont to see Portia and marry her.

Q4: Why is Portia angry with her deceased father?

A: Portia is angry with her father because he left a system so the man who choses the right casket gets to marry her. Portia disagrees with this because she can’t chose who she wishes to marry.

Q5: Why does Nerissa tell Portia she “need not fear” her unwelcome suitors?

A: Nerissa tells Portia this because if she ignores or doesn’t acknowledge the unwelcome suitors they will leave her alone.

Q6: What do Portia and Nerissa think of Bassanio?

A: Portia nad Bassanio think that he is the most suitable person for Portia to marry out of all the others that tried.

Q7: According to Shylock, why does he hate Antonio?

A: Shylock hates Antonio not only because he borrowed so much money, but because he spat on him in a previous encounter.

Q8: Why is Shylock indignant over Antonio’s request?

A: Shylock was indignant because he felt as if he shouldn’t give them what they want because he treats him poorly.

Q9: What is Antonio’s response to Shylock’s accusation?

A: Antonio’s response to Shylock’s accusation was shocking because he should do it as hiis job not from personal grudges.

Q10: In exchange for what does Shylock agree to lend Antonio and Bassanio the money?

A: Shylock agrees to lend him money, but if he is late to pay it back he must give Shylock a pound of flesh in return.

Monthly Book Club

3-4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           October                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 My Stroke of Insight
Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.                
What do you think was the author’s purpose in writing this book?*      
I think the author purpose of writing this book to inform people about stroke and to tell her story from her own experience before and after the stroke.

Who do you think is the intended audience for this book?
I think t he intended audience for this book is anyone who is interested in the health field or even someone who is just interested in brains.

Rate the book from 1-10*

Describe the character/person who changed the most from beginning of the book to the end of the book. Explain the change and what caused it.

The person in the book that changed the most was Jill Bolte Taylor because in the beginning of the story she experienced a stroke, which had changed her life greatly. As a vegetable she was unable to do anything, but as she awaited for surgery she had to recooperate because she had very low energy. After, her surgery she had to learn everything again she was a infant in a 37 year olds body. She had to learn everything from scratch and she did and it tokk her eight years to recover, but she did it and now she is back to the brain scientist she was before the stroke. So it goes to show you that perseverance always pays off in the long run.