Grade 10 EBSR from Literary Analysis Task

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Part A

Which of the following sentences best states an important theme about human behavior as described in Ovid’s “Daedalus and Icarus”?

  • a. Striving to achieve one’s dreams is a worthwhile endeavor.
  • b. The thoughtlessness of youth can have tragic results.
  • c. Imagination and creativity bring their own rewards
  • d. Everyone should learn from his or her mistakes.

Part B

Select three pieces of evidence from Ovid’s “Daedalus and Icarus” that support the answer to Part A.

  • a. "and by his playfulness retard the work/his anxious father planned" (lines 310-311)
  • b. "But when at last/the father finished it, he poised himself" (lines 312-313).
  • c. "he fitted on his son the plumed wings/ with trembling hands, while down his withered cheeks/the tears were falling" (lines 327-329).
  • d. "Proud of his success/the foolish Icarus forsook his guide” (lines 348-349)."
  • e. "and, bold in vanity, began to soar/rising upon his wings to touch the skies"
  • f. "and as the years went by the gifted youth/began to rival his instructor's art "
  • g. "Wherefore Daedalus/enraged and envious, sought to slay the youth "
  • h. "The Partridge hides/in shaded places by the leafy trees…for it is mindful of its former fall "

Excerpt from "Daedalus and Icarus", from Ovid's Metamorphoses Volume Two. Copyright © 1941 by Trenchard More, Jr. Used by permission.

 "To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Triumph" Reprinted by permission of SLL/Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. Copyright by Anne Sexton.
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