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Comprehension

  1. How is the pleasure of discovery revealed in the feature article?
    The pleasure of discovery is evident in the narrator’s assertive tone ‘walking is free, it feels good’, where he reflects upon the psychological relief that the narrator experiences when walking around the city. Further, the imagery in ‘there are the dog walkers…the weary mothers in pyjama pants…the tai chi ladies’ reveals the narrator’s pleasure within his observed surroundings. It positions us to see how walking allows for an enthralling sense of appreciating society.
  2. Explain how contrast is used in the text to highlight the child’s discoveries in the museum.
    The use of contrast between the ‘whale’ and its composition of ‘hardly any bones’ encapsulates the child’s awe in his physical discovery of the museum’s marine life. It allows us to gain insight into the intellectual knowledge that the child is informed with, which encourages him to further study the whale. Moreover, the use of contrast in ‘I wonder whether everything starts out like this, no matter how big or small’ further underpins the child’s thought towards the similarities of the boat and whale. 
  3. Explore how imagery is used in the poem to convey the wonder of discovery
    The imagery in ‘Saturn’s swirling rings or ‘Jupiter trailing his brood of moons’ conveys the persona’s feeling of intellectual wonder as he observes the appearance of different galaxies. It allows us to see the positive connotations that emanate from the physical use of his telescope. This is further demonstrated in the excited tone ‘six thousand five hundred light years away!’, where the persona reflects upon the magnitude between Earth and the galaxy. Hence, we can see that a sense of wonder is further heightened as he gains a deeper appreciation towards his scientific discovery of the world.
  4. Compare the ways unique personal insights into discovery are revealed in Text 4 and ONE other text from texts 1,2 or 3
    In text 4, Kingsolver examines the personal discovery of nature, thus positioning us to see the narrator’s unique admiration towards the butterflies. Likewise, in text 1, Quinn explores the unique insight of the narrator’s physical surroundings during his act of walking.In text 4, Kingsolver portrays the emotional reverie that the butterflies have upon the narrator. The personification in ‘the air itself glowed golden’ elucidates the physical beauty that the butterflies provide, allowing us to sense the narrator’s feeling of unique awe. Further, the imagery in ‘the space between trees glittered, more real and alive than the trees themselves’ reveals how the butterflies have allowed the narrator to gain a personal insight into the artistic performance of their movement.Similarly in text 1, Quinn demonstrates the unique personal insight that emerges from the clarity of walking. The accumulation in ‘I can see families…the evening in the glow of giant TV screens’ reveals how the narrator is able to adopt a more analytical perspective when accounting for his surroundings. It positions us to see his reflection upon the notion of familial unity, where he is able to gain a unique personal insight into the psychological depths of his analysis. Moreover, the imagery in ‘the simply joy of putting one foot in front of the other’ elucidates the narrator’s personal insight into how walking allows for an emotional and physical solace. This draws a parallel to text 4, as both composers position us to see the beauty that is transpired within physical observations of nature.
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