Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Glass Boy - Questions 4 - 9

Other questions on page 4 - 5

Visual Features:
What hidden messages are conveyed in the images? I think in the image there lies sadness, unhappiness, sorrow and dejection. Why do you think the illustrator has shown the contrast in lighting? I think the illustrator did this because they wanted to show sadness, and the colours of unhappiness.

Brood- Something that makes a certain person unhappy, upset, angry or worried.

Reading Between The Lines
Why do you think the author included details of Pietro’s impoverished family? I think they included this to tell how Pietro ended up working for Maestro Battono.

Is there an underlying reason here? Yes.

Why do you think this? I think this because the author wanted to tell whoever is reading this, how he ended up where he is now, and why.

        Other Questions on page 6 - 7
Language Features
What literary devices has the author used here? They have used similes, metaphors and also alliteration. Why do you think she has used them? She used it because she wanted her work to be effective. How did it help you create a mental image? The words made sense and made me picture a mental image in my head.

How effectively has the author described the glasswork foundry and the glassmaking process of the time? They have described it in really good detail and it is effective. Is the historical context credible? Yes. Why/why not? Because they’ve been using these types of things to make glass.

Beyond The Text
Can you relate to Pietro’s fascination with the art of glassmaking? I think that glassmaking would be really cool and fun, but being in there all the time without coming out would be really boring and depressing. What connections can you make? It sounds like glassmaking can be great but also not so great at other times.

Limestone- A hard rock that is used to make materials and the making of cement
Arsenic- A element of a certain material and a brittle steel-grey semimetal
Plant Ash- The residue of burned plant parts such as wood, bark, leaves, pulp and others
Silica- A hard colourless compound, the constituent of sandstone and other rocks.

Aventurine Glass- A gold-coloured particle   

Other Questions On Page 8 - 9

Pietro thinks of himself as only a lowly servant. What is your view on the issue of social prejudice? I think that this is really sad. Discrimination is not acceptable. How can people avoid social prejudice today? They can ignore what they think and keep positive.

Nobility- Being true to yourself and others, and honest
Gondola- A boat used on Venetian Canals
Palazzo- A palatial building

Pietro wonders, “Who would ever wish to leave Venice?” What inferences can you make from this? I think he said this because since Maestro battono said that they would cut off his hands or kill him. He thought to himself that “Who would ever wish to leave Venice”.

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