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The Poetry of Physics

Which of the following suggestions would best enhance a reader’s understanding of this poem?
Read a variety of sources about the style and instruments used by jazz musicians.

Which statement best describes how the author conveys the message that humans are no match for the power of a black hole?
He personalizes the experience for the reader and uses vivid imagery to create a clear mental picture.

Which sentence from the excerpt supports the idea that falling into a black hole would be a violent death?
If the Inquisition had access to black holes, this, instead of the rack, would surely have become the stretching device of choice.

The beginnings of these two pieces are similar because they both
open with an upbeat tone.

Which excerpt from Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Death by Black Hole” best provides evidence that escape from a black hole is impossible?
. . . the speed required to escape a black hole is greater than the speed of light itself. . . . light travels at exactly 299,792,458 meters per second in a vacuum and is the fastest stuff in the universe.

These excerpts are similar because both texts
credit people who have inspired the authors.

Which statement best summarizes the two excerpts?
In both pieces the narrators are carefree and in no apparent hurry.

Which of the following additional features would best enhance the reader’s understanding of this excerpt?
audio samples of music by the specified musicians

Which excerpt from Billy Collins’s “Man Listening to Disc” best reflects the euphoric effect the narrator experiences from listening to music on his headphones?
the pavement sparkling with sunlight

Which excerpt from “Man Listening to Disc” best supports the idea that when the speaker listens to music he is the center of his own world?
the only true point of view,
is full of the hope that he,
the hub of the cosmos
with his hair blown sideways,

Which of the following suggestions would be most beneficial for a reader in order to gain a better understanding of the information presented in this excerpt?
Read a variety of sources about the formation of black holes.

Which statement best explains how Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Death by Black Hole” and Billy Collins’s “Man Listening to Disc” present differing views about the universe?
Collins’s poem puts forth the idea that humans can become the center of the universe, while Tyson reveals that humans are insignificantly small and weak in comparison to a black hole.

What message does Collins convey in this excerpt?
Music is a positive distraction to the routine of daily life.

Which of the following techniques does Collins use to convey his intended message?
rich imagery that appeals to the readers’ senses

Which of the following features would best enhance the reader’s understanding of this excerpt?
an interactive animation of a black hole

The central idea that both texts share is
=credit to people who have inspired authors.

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