1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading eBook

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  221. What determines Accent?
  The usage of our best speakers and writers of the present.

  222. To whom does it belong to determine and record such usage?
  The Lexicographers.

  223. Are there any cases in which we can trace the reason for the

  There are; in discriminating accent where it is used to determine
          the parts of speech.

  224. Do we ever have two sets of Antitheses in the same sentence?
  We do; as each member may contain an antithesis.

  225. Give an example.
  John was hurt; William escaped.

  226. How many sets of Antitheses may be used in one sentence?
  Often three; but seldom more.

  227. Should there be any difference in the tone of voice used in
          reading verse and prose?

  There should be a difference.

  228. What different style ought to be used?
  The monotone and rising inflection are more frequently used in
          verse than in prose.

  229. What is the greatest difficulty met with in reading or
          declaiming poetic selections?

  In giving it that measured flow which distinguishes it from prose,
          without falling into a continued monotone.

  230. What is a good method to break up this habit?
  Reduce the selection to prose, and deliver it in an earnest,
          conversational style.

  231. Why should there be a short pause at the end of each line of
          poetry, even where the sense does not require it?

   In order that the measure of the poem may be more perceptible to
          the ear.

  232. What is it that constitutes the melody of a poem?
  The pauses and accents chiefly.

  233. What rule should govern the reader in the use of pauses and

  Use variety, and not make them too prominent.

  234. What tone of voice should be used in reading a Simile in

  The simile should be read in a lower tone than the rest of the

  235. What, with regard to the voice, is an important object to
          every speaker and reader?

  The important object is to have a full, even tone of voice.

  236. What key of the voice should be most diligently improved?
  The natural key, or that which is used most.

  237. What is meant by the natural key or pitch?
  That which is peculiar to the individual, and in which he can use
          most easily to himself, and most agreeably to others.

  238. How can the natural tone of voice be strengthened?
  By reading and speaking as loud as possible, without suffering the
          voice to rise into a higher key.

  239. What is the best method of strengthening the natural key?
  By speaking and reading strong, animated passages in a small room.

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