Thursday, November 29, 2007

Debate Stuff

  • Political Debate

These types of debates occur on television in theaters usually, and at convention centers. The purpose of debates are to let the people see what each candidate stands for who is running for president. They help people decide on who they want to vote for, for president. Yes, it does help arrive at a better decision which would be people getting the right person in office. Yes the debate is structured.

  • School Debate

These types of debates usually happen at schools. The purpose of these debates are to see which school is better at debating. It doesn't really help arrive at a better decision besides the fact of one school being better than the other at debating. Yes it is structured.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Outside Reading 2 Post B

Jacob is struggling right now. He's in the circus and trying to make a living after running away from his old life of hardship and the loss of his family. He works all day at the circus and only makes a buck. he also did some of the worst jobs to make that buck. So I feel that Jacob is fed-up right now. Nothing is going his way. He lost everything because of the death of his parents. He lost his parents, his house, his money to pay for college, and his apprenticeship. And now on top of it, he is living in hell. Sleeping in on a train, in the car where they keep the horses, he doesn't even have a bed. Alot of people seem to come down on him too, because he is the new guy and the young college kid. But finally he gets a break landing the new veterinarian job because they find out he was studying to be a vet until he dropped out of college. So i think he is better off right now than he was at the start of the book. He also is excited because he does the security work at the tent where the prostitutes are. He likes it because he sawe his first naked women. But the book keeps falshing back between his young self and his old self. He is always grumpy when hes old but hes the way i just described when hes young. I predict that jacob's fortunes will continue to go his way.

Outside Reading 2 Part A

canvas- a closely woven, heavy cloth of cotton, hemp, or linen, used for tents, sails, etc.(67)

primly- formally precise or proper, as persons or behavior; stiffly neat.(60)

"Don't you 'Oh Mr. Jankowski' me, young lady. This is nursery food, and last I lookedI wasn't five years old. I'm ninety. Or ninety-three."(67) THis quote is significant because it is reffering to the fact of how all he wants is a descent meal. He hates the food there and he constantly complains. I find it funny the way he says it to the nurse. I thought it was a funny quote and i thought that it showed the frustration and the personality of Jacob Jankowski.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Outside Reading Post B

The main character is Mr. Jankowski. He is a very quiet man. Right now the book is doing flashbacks between him as a older man and as a kid in college. As an old man he is grumpy, polite, can be nice to the nurses but not to other people, and he is quiet. He keeps to himself, but talks when referred to. Right now he is living in a nursing home and talks of how he hates the food and wishes he could have a good meal. He is also frustrated with the fact that a new guy in the home is telling lies. The new guy said he carried water for the elephants in the circus and it made jankowski furious because he thought the man was lieing. As a college kid he is quiet, because he is a virgin, smart, studying to become a veterinarian, and is sad. He is sad because he just faced the death of his parents and is left with nothing. He doesn't have a home, can't live at college anymore because he doesn't have the money, and he doesn't have any family left. So right now in the book he is very confused with what he wants, and what he should do in his life.

Outside Reading Post A

tchotchke- an inexpensive souvenir, trinket, or ornament.

kerosene- a mixture of liquid hydrocarbons obtained by distilling petroleum, bituminous shale, or the like, and widely used as a fuel, cleaning solvent, etc.

"You'll have to go back today. To make a positive identification."(p17) The quote is refering to the death of his parents, who had just died in a terrible car accident.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Top 10 list

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
It was on Hatten's list of suggested books to read.
It was on Hatten's list, and it was the New York Time's Bestseller. It also sounds cool.