Cassie Brown's Death on the Ice
There are two parts to this assignment. Both parts are to be passed in on time as LATE PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Part 1: Do ONE of the following essay questions. (50%)
1. One of the themes brought out in this novel is that tragedy brings out either the strengths or weaknesses of an individual. Discuss the truth of this theme as it applies to several (at least four) of the characters in this novel.
2. One of the commissioners in the Public Commission of Inquiry said that this disaster was an "Act of God." Discuss whether or not you agree with his judgement using evidence from the novel to support your position.
3. Read the poem "Newfoundland Disaster" by Enos Watts. In essay format, paraphrase the poem making sure you explain all words and/or terms that need explanation. It is often useful to imagine you are explaining this to someone who has not read the novel, Death on the Ice.
Newfoundland Disaster (1914)
by Enos Watts
This is the story
of heaving, blood-slicked decks
banshee shrieks in the rigging
portentous sun's hounds in the east
and warnings of nightmares
that would not die
with the dawn.
It is a story
who knew their stations
all to well
whose whistles lay silent
in March gales.
They were men who challenged the rated, pinnacled
tyranny of white
if dying is winning;
another kind of tyranny
with their silence.
on the scarred bows of ships
questioning the Main Patch
west of the Front.
Part 2: Do ONE of the following projects. (50%)
1. Research the form of poetry known as a
"ballad." Then write your own ballad of the Newfoundland disaster.
2. Pretend you are a radio or TV news host.
Conduct an interview with one of the sealers who just survived the Newfoundland
disaster. This would be best done by two people. A script of the interview must
be written and then you can produce the interview on cassette tape, video tape,
or do it in class.
3. Prepare a visual representation of
Newfoundlanders' characteristics using as your most prominent characteristics
those that are displayed by people in Death on the Ice. Other
characteristics should come from other works done in class.
4. Pretend you have restaurant near the
waterfront in St. John's where sealing ships used to dock years ago. Design a
placemat and menu to use in your restaurant that will focus on the traditional
Newfoundland seal hunt and the Newfoundland disaster during the months of March
5. Do some research on what the sealing
ships looked like and how they were designed. Then draw a picture of a typical
Newfoundland sealing ship including information on design and layout.
6. Submit a portfolio of 10 pictures that
depict scenes from the Newfoundland Disaster as described by Cassie Brown in Death
on the Ice.
7. Write the script for a scene from the
Newfoundland Disaster as described by Cassie Brown in Death on the Ice
and perform it for the class.
8. Design a board game for the novel Death on the Ice.
9. Read through some of the sea shanties available in class. Perform one of them for the class, or write your own sea shanty about the seal hunt.