Quickwrite: If the place shown in the picture above was a person, what would their personality be like? Secondly, where do you think this photo was taken?



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By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benet

Guiding Notes

Quickwrite: If the place shown in the picture above was a person, what would their personality be like? Secondly, where do you think this photo was taken?

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Vocabulary:

Inadvertent

Nevertheless

Eloquent


Endorse

Implicate

Babylon

Purified


Emigrate

Emulate


Emancipate

Reading Notes: Answer the following questions in complete sentences.



  1. What do the priests have the ability to do that other people do not?



  1. In your opinion, why is metal so important to these people?



  1. Why does the narrator’s father send him into the wilderness to find the Dead Places?




  • Which line from the story could be the climax?



    What will your climax be?




    For the diagram below, please complete the statements that correspond with each blank.

  • Protagonist:



  • Antagonist:



  • Conflict Type:



  • Setting:

Three events that make up rising action:









How will be the conflict in your story be resolved?

Guiding Questions Continued – By the Waters of Babylon



  1. Summarize what has happened thus far in this narrative. Where was our protagonist when we left him last?



  1. How does the narrator get across to the Place of the Gods?



  1. What does the Place of the Gods look like? Select a quote from the text that describes this setting.



  1. What is the name of the god that narrator encounters? What temple is he outside?



  1. In your opinion, how can the narrator experience what he describes as “very strong magic”? What happens in this final scene?



  1. How is the conflict of this story resolved?


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