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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.