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Sunday, September 1, 2013

The House of the Spirits Webquest

AP 12th graders,
Please complete the following webquest to prepare for our unit on The House of the Spirits.

The House of the Spirits Webquest
Part 1: Historical Context

Source A. CIA, Chile, and Allende (homework)

Source B. History.com: Allende's death (in class)

1) After the election of Allende, US President Nixon funded and instructed the CIA to disrupt and help overthrow the newly elected president.  What actions did they take to hurt President Allende and why might they have done this?  Do you agree with these actions?  Why or why not?  How does Isabelle Allende portray these events in the book?

2) "I can only say this to the workers: I will not resign," he declared. "With my life I will pay for defending the principles dear to our nation. I have faith in Chile and its destiny. Other men will overcome this gray and bitter moment where betrayal threatens to impose itself. Continue knowing, all of you, that much sooner than later, the great avenues will open through which will pass free men in order to construct a better society. These are my last words having the certainty that this sacrifice has not been in vain."  This was Allende’s last words heard over Chilean Radio.  What do you think this quote means and what was he trying to say? Compare and contrast how these historical sources portray this event with how The House of the Spirits portrays this event.

3) In your own words describe the events following the coup and why you think they happened.  Include five major events.

Part 2: Author's Context

Source C: Allende's musings (homework)

1. "What is true?"
Paraphrase Allende's definitions of good fiction. Respond with your own personal reflection on why we read literature.

2. "Childhood rebellion"
When did Allende start writing? List several reasons she gives for waiting so long to begin. Explain how these and other gender restrictions that she describes in this article remind you of the restrictions faced by characters in the novel.

3. "Why I write"
Compare Allende's motives for writing and feelings about her craft with Rosa and her embroidery, Clara and her notebooks, Blanca and her creches, and Alba and her family history.

Note--I have taken out source D because of time restraints.

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