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    Данное учебное пособие  представляет собой сборник коммуникативно-ориентированных заданий, направленных на развитие устной и письменной речи, логического и аргументированного высказывания, расширение словарного запаса учеников на основе чтения адаптированного романа  С. Моэма  “Маг” (TheMagician. Серия «Английский клуб»/Advanced.  Айрис-Пресс, 2007).  

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    Учебное пособие к элективному курсу

    «Зарубежная литература. Художественная литература Великобритании XIX-XX веков»

    Сборник упражнений для работы с книгой С.Моэма  “Маг”

    Автор: учитель английского языка НОУ «Ногинская гимназия»

    Новицкая Ирина Владимировна

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    МЕТОДИЧЕСКАЯ ЗАПИСКА

    Предлагаемое учебное пособие предназначено для практических занятий по курсу «Художественная литература Великобритании XIX-XX веков» в 9 - 11 классах.

    Данное учебное пособие  представляет собой сборник коммуникативно-ориентированных заданий, направленных на развитие устной и письменной речи, логического и аргументированного высказывания, расширение словарного запаса учеников на основе чтения адаптированного романа  С. Моэма  “Маг” (The Magician. Серия «Английский клуб»/Advanced.  Айрис-Пресс, 2007).  

    Пособие также ставит своей целью овладение учениками навыками самостоятельной работы такими как: нахождение в тексте необходимой информации, использование различных форм изложения мысли по прочитанному материалу (анализ, обобщение и др.).

    Пособие рассчитано на семь языковых занятий. Шесть занятий отводятся проработке отдельных частей книги, а седьмое (заключительное) занятие предполагает обсуждение произведения в целом: проблематики, главных персонажей, языка и стиля писателя, впечатления от прочитанного и т.д.

    Каждый из шести разделов пособия имеет следующую структуру:

    1. Активный словарь к соответствующей части произведения (Active vocabulary).  Предполагается,  что уже в процессе прочтения очередного отрывка произведения ученик обращает внимание на выделенный лексический материал, а затем активно использует его при обсуждении содержания данного отрывка.

    1. Задания (темы и вопросы) для передачи содержания (Who or what in the chapters?  Interpret the meaning of the following lines from the text. Say who made the utterances and under what circumstances). Данные задания обеспечивают концентрацию внимания учеников на наиболее важных и значимых моментах произведения. Эти задания призваны помочь ученикам при домашней подготовке к уроку по конкретному отрывку произведения.

    1. Задания для анализа (Questions and topics for analysis). Эти задания ставят своей задачей развитие навыка неподготовленной речи, давая возможность ученику высказать свое мнение, принять участие в дискуссии.

    1. Креативное письмо (Writing).

    Седьмой  раздел представляет список вопросов для заключительного обсуждения произведения.

    Автор

    ASSIGNMENT 1

    (Chapters 1-2)

    Active vocabulary:

    to return the salutation        to dress in the latest fashion

    guardian        donkeylike devotion

    to live at sb’s expense        a pang of jealousy

    Who or what in the chapter:

    1. Was a surgeon at St. Luke’s hospital?
    2. Loved Margaret with all his heart and was sure of her affection for him?
    3. Spoke in a scornful tone of those whose work was not so practical as his?
    4. Was able to give information about works Dr Porhoet had never heard about?
    5. Was home for every kind of eccentricity?
    6. Had led the monotonous life of a teacher in a school for young girls?
    7. Was able to make the most of herself?
    8. Was capable of love, but no one had ever tried to find it?

    Interpret the meaning of the following lines from the text:

    1. I met him some time ago by chance.
    2. She was proud to think that she would hand over to Arthur Burdon a woman whose character she had helped to form.
    3. The story of their love was very romantic.

    Say who made these utterances and under what circumstances. Discuss the motives of the speaker and the moral implication of each utterance:

    1. We could wait.
    2. Silly ass.
    3. I didn’t want you to feel any obligation to me.
    4. You must know I’ve been waiting for you to say that since I was ten.
    5. Don’t be a pair of perfect idiots. I’m dying for my tea.
    6. You can’t expect me to form a definite opinion of a man I’ve seen only for a short time.
    7. It’s not you I’m frightened for now, but him.

    Questions and topics for analysis:

    1. Give a character sketch of Arthur Burdon as opposed to Oliver Haddo.
    2. Speak about Haddo. Comment on the way Maugham reveals details about him. What is the effect achieved?
    3. Arthur visits Margaret. Comment on the way Susie’s attitude towards their attachment changes after this visit. What causes it?
    4. What in the first two chapters foreshadows the approaching disaster?

    Writing:

    What is occultism? Do you agree that The Magician belongs to the genre of mysterious literature? What makes you think so? Can you name some other writers (novelists) who explored the theme of occultism and alchemy in their works?

    ASSIGNMENT 2

    (Chapter 3-4)

    Active vocabulary:

    obesity        snake-charmer        malignant

    to gnaw        venomous        viper

    to be in full swing         serpent

    Who or what in the chapter:

    1. Had a look of a very cruel, sensual priest?
    2. Seemed to be suffering form an extraordinary fear?
    3. Spend their days in front of my fire, meditating on the problems of metaphysics.
    4. Has traveled much and knows many languages?
    5. Was indifferent to the fact that they didn’t want his company?
    6. Turned to the charmer and spoke to him in Arabic?
    7. Felt frightened and disgusted?

    Interpret the meaning of the following lines from the text:

    1. His presence caused an odd atmosphere.
    2. Suddenly for no apparent reason the animal began to tremble.
    3. Immediately the reptile’s teeth went deep into his hand.
    4. The poor little animal gave a scream, a shudder went through it, and it fell dead.

    Say who made these utterances and under what circumstances. Discuss the motives of the speaker and the moral implication of each utterance:

    1. By the way, are you a lion hunter?
    2. False modesty is a sign of ill-breeding, from which my birth fully protects me.
    3. Those are facts which must be verified.
    4. It occurred to me that he was playing some tricks.
    5. I’ve never met a man who filled me with such antipathy.
    6. Just think what a privilege it is to meet a man in the 20th century who honestly believes in occultism.
    7. These people work only with animals whose fangs have been extracted.
    8. I’d like to have a proof that these serpents are venomous.

    Questions and topics for analysis:

    1. Give character sketch of Oliver Haddo. Do you see any symbolic meaning in Dr Porhoet’s comparing him with Cagliostro? What makes Haddo unusual and frightening?
    2. Give examples of the episodes where Haddo starts to exercise his power. What does he want to achieve?  Why is it significant for him?

    Writing:

    Who do you think was the prototype of Oliver Haddo? Give your reasons.

    ASSIGNMENT 3

    (Chapter 5-7)

    Active vocabulary:        tremulous                                stealthily

    to stammer         seductive                                 remorse

    to regain one’s strength        to reel

    contempt        agitation

    Who or what in the chapter:

    1. Might take revenge on his enemy?
    2. Forgot that she hated him?
    3. Intoxicated Margaret with its beauty?
    4. Seemed bound to him already by some mysterious chains?
    5. Fell on her knees and prayed desperately, as though some terrible danger threatened her.
    6. Could hardly resist an overwhelming desire to go to him?
    7. Felt a sudden desire for adventures?
    8. Thought with shame of the way she was using Arthur?
    9. Opened the door and stood at the threshold, with a smile on his face?
    10. Talked charming nonsense?

    Interpret the meaning of the following lines from the text:

    1. Suddenly he stopped, put his hand on his heart and fell to the ground.
    2. His eyes had a new expression; they were so tender now, and they were full of tears.
    3. Shame overcame her. She hid her face in her hands and burst into tears.
    4. Work could not distract her, and between her and all the actions of everyday life stood Oliver Haddo.
    5. She shuddered at the comparison between the dull existence which awaited her as Arthur’s wife and this bright, full life.
    6. The music was beautiful but it didn’t move her.

    Say who made these utterances and under what circumstances. Discuss the motives of the speaker and the moral implication of each utterance:

    1. I don’t want to go but I suppose I must meet her.
    2. I suffer from a disease of the heart, and sometimes I ma very near death.
    3. You don’t give me a chance to explain everything to you.
    4. I begin to think you really are a magician.
    5. Believe me that for this art nothing is impossible.
    6. How silly of me!
    7. Why can’t we be married at once?
    8. I think I love you.
    9. Then the only alternative is that you should marry me.
    10. Go.
    11. God has abandoned me.
    12. I’m awfully unhappy

    Questions and topics for analysis:

    1. Oliver Haddo seduces Margaret. What are his reasons? Do you suppose him to be in love with her? How can you explain Arthur’s assurance that nothing could happen to Margaret?
    2. What kind of feelings does Margaret have for Haddo? Do you consider this feeling more complicated than she realizes? How can you prove it?
    3. Margaret reflects on her future. What makes her accept Haddo’s proposal? What proves the fact that she decides not to reveal the whole truth to Arthur?

    Writing:

    Explain why Margaret failed to get Haddo out of her mind? Was Arthur to blame for that?

    ASSIGNMENT 4

    (Chapters 8-9)

    Active vocabulary:

    dismay        grin and bear                                 Magnum Opus        indignation

    cast spell        whimsical        be petrified with

    Who or what in the chapter:

    1. Spoke as though the matter was of no importance?
    2. Tried to speak but could not?
    3. Have gone to England?
    4. Must have completely changed Margaret’s personality?
    5. Will always do everything Margaret wants?
    6. Accepted a friend’s invitation to spend the winter in Italy?
    7. Was attempting to create living-beings?
    8. Looked ten years older, had lost weight and his hair was white?
    9. Seemed to enjoy the situation?
    10. Has suffered the tortures of the damned?

    Interpret the meaning of the following lines from the text:

    1. It was news for her that Margaret visited her.
    2. The thought of Margaret in that man’s arms tortured him as though his flesh were torn with iron hooks.
    3. At last curiosity won and she went to Monte Carlo.
    4. But if his were witty immoral, hers were simply indecent.

    Say who made these utterances and under what circumstances. Discuss the motives of the speaker and the moral implication of each utterance:

    1. I haven’t told him anything because I had gone too far to make an explanation possible.
    2. Come to the studio at five. High jinks.
    3. Her future terrifies me.
    4. He was present at his humiliation and he wished him to be present at his triumph.
    5. How on earth can you find time to do so much?
    6. I’ll introduce you to a man and his wife who will thrill you. They are so strange.
    7. Do you know that he is killing himself on your account?
    8. You care for him now more than ever!

    Questions and topics for analysis:

    1. Margaret disappears. Comment on the way Arthur accepts the truth. Do you agree that he betrays his love for her when decides to accept the news as it is and not to interfere with Margaret’s life any more? Why does he make such a decision? What does it prove? Comment on the way his life changes after Margaret’s departure?
    2. Susie witnesses Margaret’s new mode of life. Comment on her impressions of Margaret. Is Margaret happy in Monte? Why doesn’t Susie try to communicate with her?
    3. An unexpected meeting at the Savoy. Do you consider Arthur’s reaction to Margaret’s behaviour rather snobbish?

    Writing:

    Can you find any elements of mysterious literature in chapters 8-9?

    ASSIGNMENT 5

    (Chapters 10-11)

    Active vocabulary:

    compelling        to have a post-mortem

    to overcome all objections        to slam (door)

    Who or what in the chapter:

    1. Fell on her knees by Arthur’s side and seized his hands?
    2. Realized that he was in the presence of a mystery against which he could not fight?
    3. Intended to try some horrible experiment and needed Margaret’s life?
    4. Agreed to institute a suit for divorce?
    5. Was convinced that Margaret was very unhappy?
    6. Never forgot the horror of that journey?

    Interpret the meaning of the following lines from the text:

    1. My life is hell and the revenge is complete.
    2. I think the odd trick is mine!
    3. Her husband was against anything of the sort.
    4. Dr/ Richardson slammed the door angrily.

    Say who made these utterances and under what circumstances. Discuss the motives of the speaker and the moral implication of each utterance:

    1. No action of yours can lessen my affection for you.
    2. All I have suffered is because of you.
    3. Sometimes I think I shall go mad with the terror of it all.
    4. I’m afraid that something is going to happen.
    5. The man has some power over her against which we can’t fight.
    6. People say the poor lady is dead.
    7. I know that Margaret didn’t die naturally. I’ll never have a rest so long as that fellow lives.

    Questions and topics for analysis:

    1. Margaret’s passionate confession. Do you agree that Arthur does not have a sense of guilt hearing words of accusation uttered now and then in Margaret’s agitated speech? Comment on the way Arthur comes to Margaret’s rescue only when Haddo is out of sight?

    1. Arthur hides Margret in Hampshire. Trace the change of Margaret’s condition from her arrival to the cottage up to her sudden disappearance. Arthur admits his defeat.

    1. Arthur and his friends learn about Margaret’s death. Explain why the author surrounds this event with mystery.

    Writing:

    Comment on Haddo’s criminal inclinations.

    ASSIGNMENT 6

    (Chapter 12-13)

    Active vocabulary:

    appeal                      to fell oppression                 brazier                 intruder           vessel        

    necromancer            to pant for breath                 twig                      furnace           trunk

            

    Who or what in the chapter:

    1. Was not to blame for anything that had happened?
    2. Was perhaps still bound to the earth?
    3. Moved like figures in a dream?
    4. Looked like some old alchemist busied with unnatural work?
    5. Was mad with rage and anger, and hate and sorrow?
    6. Was lit by huge lamps and warmed by a great furnace?
    7. Stared with astonished eyes?
    8. Was distorted with deadly fear?

    Interpret the meaning of the following lines from the text:

    1. I see that I can do nothing by ordinary methods.
    2. I want you to bring her to me so that I could speak with her and find out the truth.
    3. What horrible things were done there, hidden from the eyes of man?
    4. A moan of pain burst from Arthur’s lips.
    5. There was something alive on the other side of the door.
    6. The shadows there were lurid with a deep red glow.

    Say who made these utterances and under what circumstances. Discuss the motives of the speaker and the moral implication of each utterance:

    1. Arthur, you are mad!
    2. You see, he is working now.
    3. If you go outside the figure I’ve drawn, I cannot protect you.
    4. I shall remain till that man is dead.
    5. I’ll take no risk because of you.
    6. It means that he has discovered the secret of life.

    Questions and topics for analysis:

    1. Arthur tries to find evidence of Margaret’s violent death. Comment on Arthur’s decision to fight Haddo with his own weapons.

    1. The struggle between Arthur and Haddo.

    1. Haddo’s laboratory. The secret of life is discovered.

    Writing:

    1. Does the closing paragraph of the novel sound optimistic?

    1. What does the burning of Skene symbolize?

                    

    ASSIGNMENT 7

    General discussion of the novel

    1. Interpret the title of the novel. What is its message?

    1. What is the main idea of the novel?

    1. The main themes in the novel.

    1. What of the following critical opinions of the Magician do you think right:

    The Magician is

    1) a masterfully plotted suspense novel;

    2) a novel without ideas;

    3) an extraordinary unity of purpose in theme, plot, characterization and atmosphere;

    4) very skillful, often superb technically, and yet curiously hollow at times;

    5) a momentary novel distinguished by exposing nature

    1. Dynamism in the plot of the novel.

    1. Different concepts of magic as introduced in the novel.

    1. Discuss the character of Arthur Burdon. How are his actions consistent or inconsistent with this character? Say what role Margaret played in Arthur’s life and what role she might have played?

    1. Discuss the role of Oliver Haddo in the novel. Haddo’s prototype.

    1. Analyze the heroine's marriage to Haddo. How does their relationship develop during the course of the novel?

    1. Discuss the elements that make The Magician a work of mysterious literature.

    1. Is justice served at the end of the novel? Why or why not?

    1. Does the ending of the novel sound optimistic? Explain why.


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