21. Let’s play a matching game!

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You’ve heard of matching games, right? Match the definition to the word. Match cards in Old Maid. Match socks in Grandma’s laundry basket, so she doesn’t have to. (Thanks for taking advantage of my gullibility, Granny!)

Well let’s match the book you’re reading with the period in which it was published and/or the period in which it takes place. This challenge may take a little Wikipedia surfing on your part. For example, when I went to research Wikipedia’s information on the history behind Treasure Island, I found the date of publication quite easily, at the top of the page. However, when I looked through Wikipedia’s “Contents” list on that same page, I also discovered there’s a history behind the story, because its tale takes place much earlier than its publication. (Click the links to follow the steps I went through.)

This timeline may help too.

So for today’s challenge, please do the following:

1. State your title and author.

2. Quote the date of publication, according to Wikipedia.

3. Give the name of the period in history, in which the story takes place (this may require some reading on your part).

4. Find a quote from your book that would only apply to that period in history, and use parenthetical citation to show the page where you found that quote. If you’re quoting dialog, please do so correctly, using the single quotation mark to denote spoken words. Explain how this quote is relevant.

Here’s an example:

1. I’m reading Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

2. It was first published as a book in 1883, according to Wikipedia.

3. The story takes place during the reign of King George III (approximately), which I kind of guessed, because his name is mentioned in the book. And I just looked him up to find out if that was the right king.

4. “The man who came with the barrow told us the mail had set him down the morning before at the Royal George” (p.17). According to a web site I found online, during the reign of King George, it was very common for English inns to be named after the king. Also, the “mail” is a word people used during this period, to describe the carriage that carried letters back then.

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  1. 1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
    2. According to Wikipedia this book was published in 1847.
    3. This story takes place in the Victorian Age.
    4. “‘Would you like to go to school?’ Again I reflected: I scarcely knew what school was; Bessie sometimes spoke of it as a place where young ladies sat in the stocks, wore backboards, and were expected to be exceedingly genteel and precise; John Reed hated his school and abused his master; but John Reed’s tastes were no rule for mine, and if Bessie’s accounts of school deiscipline (gathered from the young ladies of a family where she had lived before coming to Gateshead) were somewat appaling, her details of certain accomplishments attained by these same young ladies were, I though equally attractive.”(pg.22-23) This quote is relevant because back in this time period because girls weren’t really educated they were tought how to sit, walk, talk, how to do fine embordery, and artist skills.

  2. 1. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
    2. I looked on Wikipedia and found that this book was written in 1970 and released in 1971.
    3. WW11 era
    4. ‘”But the place where the hunger was the greatest was Germany. Germany was a land in ruins, cities of ashes and rubble, but more terrifying still, minds and hearts of ashes. Just to cross the border was to feel the great weight that hung over that land. (pg. 238)”‘

  3. 1.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    2.) it was first published in 1813

    3.)the novel takes place in England in the early
    1800s, during a time known as the Regency period.
    4.) “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man of possesion of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” (pg.5)

  4. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls was written in 1961.That sure sounds like a long time but really is not to terribly long ago.

    In the book they do no have cars if they are to go anywhere they would go in a buggy pulled by a team of horses. It was rarely used though because they didn’t go to many different places. Also in the book if Billy needed to get something from his grandfathers store he would take a mule or walk on foot. So the era in which this book takes place is before they had cars.

    “‘Now, you better go to the barn and get some hay and make a bed in the buggy for your dogs.'” (pg 146)

  5. 1.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

    2.It was published in 1876

    3.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published in the time of when The Gilded Age was occurring, and a rise of immigration, also land rushes were being prolonged.

    4. “They said they would rather be outlaws a year in Sherwood Forest than President of the United States forever.”(pg57)

  6. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
    1.It was published in 1945, according to Wikipedia.
    2.This story takes place during the Victorian Period
    3.”In the evening the soldiers of the new regiment came down and stood around the jukebox and drinking Coca-Cola…”(page 60).
    4.This quote is relevant because it was in that period of time when jukeboxes were commonly used

  7. I am reading The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss.

    The first publication of the book was in 1812.

    It was in the era of the War of 1812. Where the British and Americans were fighting over land.

    “‘Major Montrose having been appointed colonel, was ordered to return with a major part of his regiment to England. This circumstance forced him to separate himself from his daughter, as a naval discipline did not allow women on board a line-of-battle ship in time of war'”(page 324). This applies to the time period of the War of 1812 because England was at war and there was a war ship.

  8. Roots by Alex Haley
    1. “Slavery in the United States was a form of unfree labor which existed as a legal institution in North America for more than a century before the founding of the United States in 1776, and continued mostly in the South until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1865. The first English colony in North America, Virginia, acquired its first Africans in 1619, after a ship arrived, unsolicited, carrying a cargo of about 20 Africans.”
    2. This tool place during the Slave Era and the Civil War.
    3. “Chicken George unwillingly left his family for the sake in being a free man, in hopes of one day returning and freeing them after the Civil War.”

  9. 1. Othello by Julius Lester.
    2. Othello was published in 1603, according to Wikipedia.
    3. Othello takes place in the late sixteenth century, during the war between Venice and Turkey, according to SparkNotes.
    4. “’Hear! Hear!’ one the King’s men agreed loudly” (P.70). That shows that this book was written in older times, by them saying the word “hear” and how it is used in the sentence. The way it is used is by agreeing to what one has said. People in modern days I recall, do not longer say “hear” when agreeing to just about anything.

  10. 1. I’m reading EMMA by Jane Austen.
    2. It was first published as a book in 1815, according to Wikipedia.
    3. The story takes place during the Regency period in England. According to Wikipedia, “The era was a time of excess for the aristocracy: for example, it was during this time that the Prince Regent built the Brighton Pavilion” (“British Regency.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 4 March 2011. Web. 7 March 2011).
    4. I’ve chosen a quote in which the new Mrs. Elton is bragging about her family’s wealth. “My brother and sister have promused us a visit in the spring…They will have their barouche landau, or course, which holds four perfectly” (p.215). According to Webster’s dictionary, the word “barouche” is a fancy carriage which allows the top to come down. Wikipedia states that “Lord, Hopkinson, coachmakers of Holborn, London, produced the first English landaus in the 1830s” (“Landau [carriage].” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 4 January 2011. Web. 7 March 2011), so she’s probably bragging that her brother’s new carriage is imported from Landau, Germany. This concept of “bragging rights” to wealth is something that happens a lot in EMMA, so I’m thinking it’s typical of the Regency period in England, when there was “excess for the aristocracy”.

    • Roots by Alex Haley
      1. “Slavery in the United States was a form of unfree labor which existed as a legal institution in North America for more than a century before the founding of the United States in 1776, and continued mostly in the South until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1865. The first English colony in North America, Virginia, acquired its first Africans in 1619, after a ship arrived, unsolicited, carrying a cargo of about 20 Africans.”
      2. This tool place during the Slave Era and the Civil War.
      3. “Chicken George unwillingly left his family for the sake in being a free man, in hopes of one day returning and freeing them after the Civil War”(pg. 578).

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