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Online test

For my language class I had to do an online test. Here is my work!

Task 1.

Choose a poem by Benjamin Zephaniah and prepare an analysis. Write a paragraph explaining why you have chosen it. Focus on the message of the poem and analyse at least two literacy devices present in the poem. Then, find a picture to illustrate the ideas present in the poem and post it on your blog as well. If you are good at drawing you can also make a drawing of the poem yourself. Take a picture of it and upload it too.

Who’s Who by Benjamin Zephaniah

“I used to think nurses

Were women,

I used to think police

Were men,

I used to think poets

Were boring,

Until I became one of them.”

This poem is very short, it only has one stanza and seven lines. It doesn’t have a rhyme scheme. Here you can identify enjambment, you have to read the whole to stanza to understand the main idea (stereotyping is wrong). Also, this poem is very ironic because the voice starts mentioning all the stereotypes he had until he reaches to the part when he says “I used to think poets were boring, until I became one of them”. Here the message he wants to transmit is that not always stereotypes are right, he has experienced this. He used to think poets were boring until he became one oe them so here he’s saying that he’s not boring as he had thought. I chose this poem because it deals with stereotypes and stereotyping which is very common this days. We all have stereotyped once and it’s important to remind ourselves that this is an erroneous thinking.

I found these two pictures very interesting because they deal with stereotypes all over the world.

IMAGE 1

IMAGE 2

Task 2.

Write your own poem on one of the typical topics present in Zephaniah. Include at least one form of Inversion and highlight it. (two stanzas and a name)

THEY SAY

Muslims are terrorist they say,

Americans are ignorant,

Asians are yellow,

Aussies ride kangaroos,

but all I have to say is

incorrect they are,

and must be crashed by a car

 

And when I look

to the world I say,

Oh what a stereotypical place!

Catalina Rela

 

The Berlin Blockade

In history we are studying “The Cold War”. Since we are analyzing it deeply, we are now seeing “The Berlin Blockade” which was a very important event that occured in 1948. To understand this event fully and all of its causes and consequences, we had to do a task.

Firstly, we had to choose a video explaining the topic. Then, Lenny picked out from our selection of videos, the best ones. Secondly, using the material in our videos we had to complete a chart and answer some questions. Thirdly, we had to publish in our blogs the completed task. Here is mine!

CHART

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QUESTIONS

  1. What was life like in Berlin in the post-war era?

Berlin was divided into two. The west part was capitalist and was divided into three zones: The French zone, the British zone and the American zone. The east part was communist and was under Soviet control. Berlin was devastated, it had suffered a lot and its people were also going through very harsh times.

  1. How did Soviet policy towards Berlin differ from that of the West?

The west part was capitalist and they wanted Berlin to grow and recover. In the other side, the communist part wanted to keep the country crippled.

  1. Why was reform of the German currency a key issue for both sides?

Because it was symbol of union, the west side wanted to show their power and alliance. Also as a (major) plus, it was easier to trade and it gave an assured economic stability.

  1. Why was the airlift such a major feat?

The airlift showed this union the allies wanted to demonstrate. It showed power, they wouldn’t be doomed by the soviets. The capitalists found the way to go over communism.  Thanks to the airlift, the west part was improving whilst the east part was in decadency. The east part could see the capitalist prosperity and compared to their poverty it was really frustrating. Also, 11 months later, the Soviets retired the blockade because it wasn’t working. The capitalists were very intelligent with this strategy.

  1. In what respect can the USSR and US be responsible for further increasing tensions during the airlift?

The tension during the airlift was very strong. The soviets thought it was a capitalist attack and they were prepared to shoot down the planes. Tension was the main protagonist at first but then the airlift were a daily thing so it just got common.

  1. Why did Stalin eventually agree to talks over the airlift?

Stalin agreed to talk over the airlift because he saw the strength of the allies. They wouldn’t gave up so quickly as he had thought. Also, with the airlift the allies were giving even more help to Berlin that before the blockade. After 11 months of blockade, he opened communication and the airlift was over.