Introduction, Theories of Time and Space Natasha Trethewey (b. 1966) has been a State Poet Laureate of Mississippi and a United States Poet Laureate, and has won a Pulitzer Prize. Her poems combine reflections about the the history of African Americans in Mississippi with her own experience growing up biracial in the South. Trethewey wrote â€œTheories of Time and Spaceâ€ as the introduction to her book of poems Native Guard. That title refers to the Louisiana Native Guards, a group of black Union soldiers who watched over imprisoned Confederate soldiers on Ship Island, off the coast of Mississippi. Like other poems in the collection, â€œTheories of Time and Spaceâ€ takes readers on a tour of the American South, while pondering how the passage of time makes everything different than what came before. Summary In this poem, the speaker alludes to the idea that the passing of time makes each moment in life unique. To exemplify this, she gives driving directions. The speaker instructs the reader to take a road until it reaches a dead end, where there is a port. From there, the reader should board a boat bound for an island, taking only the readerâ€™s memory as luggage. Before boarding the boat, the readerâ€™s picture will be taken. Upon returning, the photograph will be presented to the reader to illustrate how the trip changed them. Read You can get there from here, though thereâ€™s no going home. Everywhere you go will be somewhere youâ€™ve never been. Try this: head south on Mississippi 49, one- by-one mile markers ticking off another minute of your life. Follow this to its natural conclusion â€”dead end at the coast, the pier at Gulfport where riggings of shrimp boats are loose stitches in a sky threatening rain. Cross over the man-made beach, 26 miles of sand dumped on the mangrove swampâ€”buried terrain of the past. Bring only what you must carryâ€” tome of memory, its random blank pages. On the dock where you board the boat for Ship Island, someone will take your picture: the photographâ€”who you wereâ€” will be waiting when you return. Question 1 Instructions Read the question carefully and select the best answer. â€œTheories of Time and Spaceâ€ is written in tense, from a point of view. Answer choices for the above question A. present; first-person B. present; second-person C. present; third-person limited D. present; third-person omniscient Question 2 Instructions Read the question carefully and select the best answer. What is most closely the definition of conclusion as it is used in the passage below (lines 7-11)? Follow this to its natural conclusionâ€”dead end at the coast, the pier at Gulfport where riggings of shrimp boats are loose stitches in a sky threatening rain. Answer choices for the above question A. noun | a final decision or judgment B. noun | the end of a process C. noun | an opinion arrived at by argument or reasoning D. noun | the final paragraph of an essay Question 3 Instructions Read the question carefully and select the best answer. Which of the following selections best summarizes the speakerâ€™s theory? Answer choices for the above question A. Taking photographs is a good way to remember the past. B. In order to learn about the world, it is necessary for a person to travel. C. The passage of time makes every one of lifeâ€™s moments unique. D. It is important to let go of bad memories. Question 4 Instructions Read the question carefully and select the best answer. Which of the poemâ€™s stanzas best proves the speakerâ€™s theory? Answer choices for the above question A. â€œanother minute of your life. Follow this / to its natural conclusionâ€”dead endâ€ B. â€œwhat you must carryâ€”tome of memory, / its random blank pages. On the dockâ€ C. â€œwhere you board the boat for Ship Island, someone will take your picture:â€ D. â€œthe photographâ€”who you wereâ€” will be waiting when you return.â€ Question 5 Instructions Place the speakerâ€™s instructions in the poem in their correct order: *Be changed by your visit to the island. *Drive south on MS 49. *Cross the manmade beach. *Get on the boat for Ship Island. FIRST SECOND THIRD FOURTH Write Question 1 Beginning in line 4, what does the speaker instruct the listener to do, and why? What point does this prove? Explain, citing evidence from the poem. Question 2 In lines 13-14, the listener passes the â€œburied / terrain of the pastâ€ on their way to Ship Island. What does this phrase refer to? Why is it important to the poemâ€™s meaning? Question 3 What is Ship Island now? How can you infer this? Refer to specific evidence from the poem to support your answer. Question 4 In line 15, the speaker refers to a â€œtome of memoryâ€ that people carry with them. Based on context clues, what do you think the word tome means? Write your best definition of tome here and explain how you figured it out. Question 5 Read the following dictionary entry: conclusion conâ€¢cluâ€¢sion /kÉ™nËˆkloÍžoZHÉ™n/ noun the end or finish of a process the summation of an argument in a text or essay a final decision or judgment Which definition most closely matches the meaning of conclusion as it is used in line 8? Write the correct definition of conclusion here and explain how you figured out the correct meaning. Question 6 â€œEverywhere you go will be somewhere / youâ€™ve never been,â€ the speaker of the poem insists. What does this mean? How can this be true? In 250 words or more, explain why this line is central to the poemâ€™s meaning and whether you agree with its overall logic. Cite examples from the entire poem to support your conclusions.