Wednesday, December 5, 2012

SantaLand Diaries (Deeper Reading Exercise)


English 510
“Santaland Diaries”
Strategies for Deeper Reading Exercise

1. Which words best describe David Sedaris in paragraph #2?

2. Which words in paragraph #5 helps the reader know what Sallie Mae means?

3. What is paragraph #7mainly about?

4. According to Sedaris, what is worse than getting a job as an elf (paragraph #11)?

5. Which words best describe the Macy’s elf interview process?

6. What is the tone of paragraph #16?

7. In paragraph #18, Sedaris describes the filthiest four-letter word in his vocabulary. What is it?

8. In paragraph #19, which sentence most vividly describes Sedaris’ expectations for his new job?

9. What is paragraph #25 mainly about?

10. Which three words from paragraph #32 best describe SantaLand?

11. Which word(s) in paragraph #33 helps the reader know what “vamoose” means?

12. Draw a picture of Sedaris’ “work uniform” as described in paragraph #37.

13. Which words best describe the New Jersey husbands from paragraph #42?

14. Briefly discuss the importance of the word “awful” from paragraph #49.

15. After reading paragraphs #56 and #57, which words explain what a “multimedia family” is?

16. What are paragraphs 62-65 mainly about?

17. Which words from paragraph #74 best describe SatanLand?

18. What is paragraph #78 mainly about?

19. Who are the “bitter elves” Sedaris describes in paragraph #88?

20. How does Sedaris handle a naughty child in paragraph #101?

21. Who is “the Walrus”? (paragraphs 112-115)

22.  What is the main idea in paragraph #125?

23. In paragraph 145, what advice does Sedaris give nervous children?

24.Which three words best describe the parents in paragraph #178?

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