Write your own predictions based on the boxed paragraphs which are extracts from the story. At each stage of the reading, ask yourselves the following questions as a guide to making links between separate paragraphs: Who? Why? What? How?
She sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue. Her head
was leaned against the window curtains, and in her nostrils was the odor of
dusty cretonne. She was tired.
She had consented to go away, to leave her home. Was that wise? She tried to weigh each side of the question.
She was about to explore another life with Frank.
The white of two letters in her lap grew indistinct. One was to Harry,
the other was to her father.
She stood up in a sudden impulse of terror. Escape! She must escape! Frank would save her.
Worksheet #2 Vocabulary Acquisition - lines1-98
The following words and expressions will help you understand the story better
Worksheet # 3 Reading the story Basic Understanding - lines 1-98
Describe the setting (time and place) as the story opens. What kind of atmosphere does this setting create? (Hint: Pay attention to the choice of words and passive language structures) _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Follow her stream of consciousness which "brought" her to the field of her childhood.____________________-____________________-____________________-___________________-____________________-______________________...
What did Eveline remember about her childhood? Why did this memory appear? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Find the sentence that shows that Eveline had longings for the past. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Describe Eveline’s life at home. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Describe Eveline’s hard work in the Stores. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
List the negative things about Eveline’s father. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Describe Frank in Eveline’s life. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Why did Eveline’s father forbid her to meet Frank? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Fill in the left column in the chart according to information you find in the 1st part of the story. Attach extra paper or reproduce this chart if you need more space for your answers.
Why do you think the author uses the unusual sentence structure:” Her head was leaned “and “in her nostrils was the odor of dusty…? Why doesn’t he say that Eveline was leaning her head against the curtains, or that she smelled the dust?
The second paragraph contains a flashback. How does the author ease his readers into the past? What do we learn from Eveline’s past? How does the author make us feel the difference between the past and the present? What is the stream of consciousness technique? How far do you think Joyce uses it in Eveline? _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Why do you think she felt herself an inseparable part of her dusty home? What caused such feeling?
Worksheet # 7 Reading the story Basic Understanding - lines 99-154
To whom and why did Eveline write letters? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
What positive memories did Eveline have of her father? Give evidence from the text. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Why did Eveline think about the good things she remembers from childhood? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Which association triggered Eveline’s memory to escape from home? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Were Eveline and Frank in love? What were Eveline’s expectations of marriage? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Describe Eveline’s feelings at the port. What finally happened? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
What were Eveline’s arguments for and against leaving home? Support with quotes. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Fill in the left column in the chart on page 4 according to information you find in this part of the story.
Worksheet # 8 Analysis and Interpretation - lines 99-154
Why does Eveline think about the good things she remembers from childhood? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
a. Make use of ONE of the Thinking Skills we’ve studied. Write about 40-50 words.
b. Explain why you chose that particular thinking skill to answer question 4 a
Why do you think she feels herself an inseparable part of her dusty home? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
How is the theme of music developed in the story? What purpose does it serve? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Eveline’s memory of her mother pulls her in opposite directions. What are those directions and why are they opposites? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Eveline prays to G-d to “direct her, to show her what was her duty”, but not for her future happiness. Does this reveal anything about what Eveline will finally do? Does it have anything to do with the promise she made to her mother? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
How does Eveline's religion play a dominant role in her life and in her decisions? Give at least three specific instances or explanations. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Fill in the right column of the table on page 4 according to this part of the story.
Analysis and Interpretation: Literary terms – stream of consciousness, conflict and characterization
The Literary Term of the stream of consciousness.
What kind of connections can you find between the different paragraphs? What effect does this have?
TheLiterary Term of Conflict.
Explain Eveline’s final decision. What was Eveline’s conflict about? Why couldn’t Eveline change her lot?
The Literary term of characterization. Describe and analyze Eveline’s character
This chart shows five ways in which we learn about the main character. Next to each of the five ways in which character is revealed, give a specific example to illustrate. In the third column, explain what you learned about the character from this example.
Ways character is revealed
What you learned about the character from this example
How other characters feel about the character and react to him/her
Character’s words and actions
Worksheet # 9Bridging Text and Context
Search the Internet and find out what Joyce’s main themes in Dubliners are. How far do you see these reflected in Eveline? Which historical and cultural developments in Ireland at the beginning of the 20th century are presented in Eveline? Write an essay of 120-140 words
Choose any of the following writing tasks based upon your reading and our discussions and analyses in class. You must first explain which HOTS you need to use and why you chose this HOTS in order to complete the post reading assignment.
1. Create a flow chart with all of Eveline's reasons for leaving and for staying. Show her decision in the story. Now continue that flow chart twenty years into the future showing a variety of events that could have happened to her.
2. A year after Eveline leaves Frank at the quay, he writes a long letter telling her that he is returning to Dublin and wishes to see her. Write his letter and the long letter Eveline sends back to him.
3. Frank, ever loyal and loving, cannot get Eveline out of his mind. Five years after Eveline leaves Frank at the quay, he writes a long letter telling her that he is returning to Dublin and wishes to see her. Write his letter and the long letter Eveline sends back to him. In her letter, you must make mention of the inner conflicts that tormented Eveline and that led to her decision.
4. Unexpectedly, much to Eveline's surprise, Frank returns to Dublin 10 years after Eveline stayed behind on the quay. Write the dialogue of their meeting.
5. Eveline still remembers the day she stayed behind on the quay, leaving Frank to go off alone. Every year, Eveline devotes a page in her diary to her thoughts and feelings about that day. Write a page in her diary one year, five years, and twenty years later.
6. The Alternate Story: Let's imagine that Eveline leaves with Frank. Write the letter that she sends back to her father explaining her choice and write the letter that her father sends back to her. (two letters)
7. The Alternate Story: Let's imagine that Eveline leaves with Frank. Write the letter that she sends her brother (and family) explaining her choice and write the letter that her brother sends back to her. (two letters)
8. Draw a timeline of events in Eveline's life projecting 30 years into the future and beginning on the day she stayed behind on the quay. Show at least 10 significant events and annotate each one.
9. The Alternate Story: Again, let us imagine that Eveline decides to leave with Frank. Draw a timeline of events in Eveline's life projecting 30 years into the future and beginning on the day she left with Frank for Buenos Aires. How did her life turn out? How did her decision affect those she left behind? Show at least 10 significant events and annotate each one.
Worksheet # 11 Reflection
1. Did you like the story? Explain your answer in at least two sentences. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2. As part of this unit of work, you were taught two Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) and you reviewed the HOTS of Prediction
Cause and Effect
At what stage of learning the play and how did your teacher teach it to you?
How did the HOTS help you to better understand the story?
How can you use it in your life?
3.Which HOTS did you review and how did it help you learn the story?______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
4. How do the story and its message relate to your life experience? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Appendix Vocabulary Exercises
I. Fill in each blank with the most suitable word from the list:
1. The curtains had a stale .
2. The children loved running in the fields where the bright houses were now standing.
3. Eveline's father took all herleaving her with an empty .
4. Her fatherher withif she disobeyed him.
5. She was of the whole situation and looked upon herwith Frank as her one chance for .