Mythology & Rip Van Winkle


The questions to the following videos and links will be answered on the google form provided in class.

-Click the link and read the information on the site. Then answer the following questions >

1. Define myth.

2. True or False. Myths are specific accounts of gods or human beings involved in normal, every-day events or circumstances in a time that is unspecified but which is understood as existing apart from ordinary human experience.

3. How does a myth present itself?

4. From where does the word myth derive?

5. Scroll down to the section of the website that says: Functions of myth and mythology.

       -What is the most obvious function of a myth?


6. Who is Washington Irving...

-Please view the following video and list THREE interesting/weird things you learned about Washington Irving > 


*Please DO NOT include birthdate or death-date as part of your three facts.


Fact one:

Fact two:

Fact three:


-The story you must read tonight is Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle". Sometimes it helps to know some information about the story prior to reading it. Please view the plot summary of "Rip Van Winkle" >

and answer the following questions.

7. Irving is the author of the story, but who is the narrator?

8. What is the setting?

9. What type of people are Rip and Dame Van Winkle?

10. Identify the climax of the story.

11. Is the narrator a fictional character or an actual historian?

12. What do you feel Irving would like us to learn from this story?