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1

In An Advancement of Learning, what does the word "nosed" imply?

-The river is moving slowly.
-It's sinister.

2

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "pliable, oil-skinned" suggest?

-The river is polluted and grimy.
-It is as if the river could be bent into another shape.

3

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "wearing a transfer of gables and sky" show?

-There is a thin layer of grime on top of the river.
-The cityscape is reflected in the grime.

4

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "dirty-keeled swans" show?

-The bottom of the swans are dirty with the grime.

5

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "smudging the silence" give the impression of?

-The rat has changed the silence to fear.

6

In An Advancement of Learning, how is the use of "slobbered" and "slimed" effective?

-They both contain the long "sl" sound which gives the verbs a negative emphasis.

7

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "my throat sickened so quickly" and "turned down the path in cold sweat imply?

-He has a serious phobia of rats.
-His response is visceral.

8

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "But God, another was nimbling" suggest?

-He is under attack from the rats.
-This is a quick succession of events.

9

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "tracing its wet arcs" suggest?

-The rat is inscribing its presence.

10

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "Incredibly" imply?

-He was surprised by himself.

11

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "I established a dreaded bridgehead" imply?

-He had put off facing his fears for years.

12

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "I turned to stare with deliberate, thrilled care" suggest?

-He has been able to face the rat.
-The rhyme emphasises the event.

13

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "at my hitherto snubbed rodent" imply?

-He had ignored the rats previously.
-He takes ownership of the rat.

14

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "he clockworked aimlessly a while" suggest?

-The rat is mechanical like a toy.
-The rat has no purpose for being there.

15

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "stopped, back bunched and glistening" imply?

-Heaney is staring at the rat.
-Heaney is intrigued.

16

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "the raindrop eye, the old snout" suggest?

-Heaney is looking at precise details.
-He recognises the features as those of his old enemy.

17

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "he trained on me, I stared him out" imply?

-The rat sees him as threatening.
-There is a battle between him and the rat.

18

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "forgetting how I used to panic" imply?

-He has realised his phobia is irrational.

19

In An Advancement of Learning, what do lines 30-32 suggest?

-Heaney's phobia started in his childhood.
-The rats in his childhood are a deep memory.

20

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "cold, wet-furred, small-clawed" imply?

-He has never focused on a rat for so long.
-He is able to spot all of the rats weaknesses.

21

In An Advancement of Learning, how is the use of "retreated" effective?

-It links back to the use of bridgehead making the scenario seem like a battle.

22

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "I stared a minute after him" imply?

-His phobia had been serious enough to paralyse him.

23

In An Advancement of Learning, what does "I walked on and crossed the bridge" suggest?

-He has overcome his fear.
-Overcoming his fear has given him confidence.
-He is able to move on.

24

In An Advancement of Learning, how does Heaney use rhyme effectively?

-Rhyme represents advancement.
-It highlights particular changes and key events.

25

In Ancestral Photograph, what does "solid as a turnip" imply?

-His great-uncle had a strange shaped face.
-He worked in agriculture.

26

In Ancestral Photograph, what could "bullies the heavy mouth down" suggest?

-He often got his own way.
-Could be hinting at his character.

27

In Ancestral Photograph, what does "his silver watch chain girds him like a hoop" imply?

-The chain around his middle makes him look like a barrel.

28

In Ancestral Photograph, what does "long fixed in sepia tints" imply?

-The pictures has been up a long time.
-The memory is fixed in the picture.

29

In Ancestral Photograph, what does "begins to fade" suggest?

-The importance and the memories are fading.

30

In Ancestral Photograph, how is the use of the full stop in line 9 effective?

The reader is made to think by the long pause.