VMHS Dead Poets Society

What are the four pillars?
Tradition, Honor, Discipline, Excellence

What year does the story take place?
1959

What is the Ivy League?
Comprised of Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Yale Universtity, Ivy League refers to the eight private institutions of higher learning as a group, their athletic conference, and their academic excellence.

Todd Anderson has big shoes to fill. Whose?
His brother’s; he was valedictorian at Welton and went on to graduate from Yale Law School.

What is the student’s version of the four pillars?
Travesty, Horror, Decadence, Excrement

Who was the first to student to smoke a cigarette?
Charlie Dalton

What do the boys call Welton?
“Hell-ton”

Describe Neil’s conversation with his father about the annual.
Mr. Perry says Neil is taking too many electives: he must quit the annual staff. Neil is upset, states he’s the assistant editor. Mr. Perry says this means so much to Neil’s mom and he can do what he wants after he graduates from medical school. Neil reluctantly agrees.

What is the significance of all the different bird shots?
commotion; confusion

What makes Mr. Keating’s first class so different than the others?
Keating enters his class whistling the 1812 Overture; he takes the boys out in the hallway and tells them that they are powerful individuals; he tells the boys they may call him “Oh Captain, my Captain”, if they dare. Mr. Keating wants the boys to learn to think for themselves. He tells the boys “Carpe Diem”, which is Latin for “seize the day”.

What does Mr. Keating tell his students to call him?
Oh Captain, my Captain

What does “Carpe Diem” mean?
“Seize the day” (enjoy the day; make the most of the day)

What does “Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May” mean?
enjoy life while you are still young

What play does Neil try out for? Who wrote it?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare

What does Neil get Todd to do with his birthday present?
Throw the desk set off the top of the building

What does Knox do at Chris’s school?
He shows up unannounced, brings her flowers, and reads a poem to her in front of her classmates.

Charlie changes his name to what?
“Nuwanda”

Who writes an article to the school paper for the DPS?
Charlie Dalton, aka “Nuwanda”

Explain Neil’s father’s reaction to Neil being in a play.
He is angry that Neil deceived him and made a liar out of him, insists Neil must quit the play.