I met Thomas Tutt at an AP conference in Frisco, Texas in November. He encorporated his favorite musical artist into his classroom by designing a Can of Worms quiz based on the lyrics of Leonard Cohen. Check out his email below. I used his idea to make a quiz for Invisible Man this week, borrowing lyrics from Mos Def's "Hip Hop." Thanks, Thomas.
I was at your panel on Literature circles a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed your "can of worms" quiz idea. I'll be using it for Invisible Man when the kids come back from break, and I thought I'd share a question I came up with for it:
Which of the following quotes from Leonard Cohen best describes your protagonist at this point in the story? Explain why.
A. “But he himself was broken long before the sky would open, forsaken, almost human, he sank beneath your wisdom like a stone ” (from “Suzanne”)
B. "When it all comes down to dust, I will kill you if I must; I will love you if I can” (from “The Story of Isaac”)
C. “If you are the dealer, I’m out of the game. If you are the healer, it means I’m broken and lame. If thine is the glory then mine must be the shame.” (from “You Want it Darker”)
D. “Everybody knows that the fight was fixed: the poor stay poor and the rich get rich. That’s how it goes: everybody knows.” (from “Everybody knows”)
I'll let you know how it goes!
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I teach AP English Literature and dual-credit English at Ridge Point High School in Missouri City, Texas.