RESPONDING TO THE SELECTION
CRITICAL THINKING AND READING
1. Do you think Annie will be able to teach Helen? Explain your answer.
Comparing and Contrasting Characters
Comparing and contrasting characters means noting the similarities and differences between them. Noticing these similarities and differences will increase your understanding of the characters and of what the playwright may be suggesting about life. Compare and contrast the characters in each of the following pairs.
2. What is Helen like at age six when Annie comes to teach her? 3. How do Captain and Mrs. Keller differ in their views of what to do for Helen? 4. Describe Annie Sullivan's background , personality, and physical condition. 5. What does Annie consider the most important thing to teach Helen? How does she plan to teach this to Helen?
1 . Kate and Captain Keller 2. Annie and Helen 3. Annie and Captain Keller
6. Which of Annie's qualities are likely to play an important role in her relationship with Helen? What advantages does Annie have? 7. What is the link between Annie's memories of her brother and her present situation? 8. What effect has Helen had on the life of her family?
THINKING AND WRITING
Writing About Characters
Imagine that you have been visiting the Kellers. Write a letter to a friend in which you give specific descriptions of Captain Keller, Mrs. Keller, James, and Helen. First decide what words or actions of the characters illustrate their traits. Then write a short paragraph about each person. When you revise your letter, ask, "How can I make this description more clear, vivid , and exact?"
9. Annie says, "Language is to the mind more than light is to the eye." What does her remark imply about the importance of language?
Recognizing Protagonist and Antagonist
The protagonist is the central character of a play. The antagonist...