Bilenum Questions

Last class, in literature, we read a story called Bilenum written by, J. G Ballard. After analyzing the story together our teacher Pato, ask us to answer some questions in groups.  I’ve worked with Marcos Okecki and Ramiro Aizpiri.

This are our questions:

1.Write a detailed synopsis of the story.

The story is about Ward who lives in an overpopulated world. He lived in a cubicle in the staircase. His cubicle was the biggest one and everyone told him that he was very lucky. Moreover, at having this bigger espace he can have more privacy than the others. However, when anyone walked up or down the stairs he would hear it, this wouldn’t let him sleep. One day, an inspector came to his cubicle and told him that as his cubicle was too big he had to pay double rent or shared the room. As he didn’t like the idea, he moved into a poorer neighborhood with his friend Rossiter. As soon as they got into the cubicle, Ward was angry. He hit the panel strongly and it fell off. In addition, as they noticed that the room was very big, they invite two friends to live with them. They separated the room in partitions. Finally, they invited more people, nevertheless, they ended as when they started, with very little space.

2. Discuss the theme of over-population and the effect it has on both the way of life and quality of life of the inhabitants of the city.

The everyday life of people is terrible, people can’t even visit their parents from their houses because of the pedestrian jum. Just by going to work, because there are so many people trying to move they get bruises. On their houses they have no privacy, they either have to share a minuscules rooms with a lot of people or be alone in an trifling cubicle. However the only solution for their limited space was by having at least three children.

3. The quest for living space has become an overriding obsession with the people of the city. Discuss this theme in detail. Include in your answer some discussion of the ways in which Ballard makes the quest for space dominate the characters’ lives.

In this story, space is very important because it means power. People that have money can buy land, construct a building, divide it in cubicles and rent them for people to live there. The owners of the building are usually the ones who look after the cubicles and check they have the correct size which was established by the government. So, they look forward on negotiating with the people living in the cubicles, as happened with Ward and his cubicle in the staircase.

4. What sort of relationship does Ballard put forward between the inner world of the individual (as represented by Ward and Rossiter) and the outer world in which they live. In other words, how does Ballard conceptualise the effect of surviving daily life in a hopelessly over-crowded city on the consciousness of the individual as demonstrated by the ways in which Ward and Rossiter manage the gift of space in the secret room they discover?

Rossiter and Ward criticize the way the government managed the main conflict of the society. They were living in a over crowded city, which the problem was overpopulation. The most of the times, when they wanted to go for a walk, the streets have a pedestrian jam. The government tried to solve the conflict by reducing the size of the cubicles, so as a consequence, they can be more cubicles available for the citizens who did not have a place to live in. At doing this method, the government was not solving the problem as they have more kids and more population, so they finally ended up in the same place. Ward and Rossiter went to live together so that they could share a bigger cubicle and have more space to live.

5. In the story, Ballard does attempt some sort of explanation of the social, political and economic causes of the extreme over-population that has beset the world. Explain his views as they are presented in the story.

The causes of extreme population is that as people aren’t comfortable with having such limited space given by the government they have more child’s so as the government would provide more space. Nevertheless as people are always having more an more childs government provides them less space per person. This makes the world more overcrowded and it never gets to an end.

6. Do you agree with his argument? Do you think that current population growth projections indicate that we are likely to end up in the situation portrayed in the story?

We don’t think that in a future there will be people living in cubicles. However, maybe it would happen the opposite. In europe, young people which can have kids will not have because maybe they can’t maintain them or they just don’t want to have children. So this will be a problem because there it will be a lot of elder people who doesn’t work because they are old and there it will be few young people to work and maintain the country.

7. Describe and analyse Ward’s character in some detail. What values does he hold? Why does Ballard make use of this type of character as the main character for this story?

Ward is used as the main character because as he has a bigger room than others he has a sort of advantage over the rest of the people who have a smaller cubicle. Later in the story Ward has to decide between keeping the staircase cubicle and paying double or sharing it with someone else. The second option wasn’t the best one because the cubicle would be smaller than normal cubicles shared by two people.

8. What role does Rossiter play in the story?

Rossiter´s role in the story, is to be friend with Ward and he is the one who started collecting money from people that wanted to live in their big room. Moreover he represents capitalism as he cares the most about money they than spending time with his friends or having more than three meters.

9.Describe the role of the female characters in the story.

The role of the female that the story present is not a positive one. In the story, Rossiter convinced Ward to let the girls live with them, they took advantage of that situation and brought members of their families into the room too. The female characters took advantage from him.

10.Discuss the effects that overpopulation and its attendant ills has had on the nature of family life in relation to Ward’s family as well as Judith and Helen’s family relationships.

What the effect of overpopulation has had on the nature of family is that the overpopulation was caused by how families wanted to have some more space that they decide to have kids which contribute with this.

11.What does the secret room symbolise in the story?

We think that the secret room symbolizes hope. It also symbolizes freedom. Because they are looking for more space, but instead of having space, they fill the bedroom with victorian furniture (that symbolize overpopulation).

12. Why do you think Ward and Rossiter are unable to keep the gift of space to themselves? Is Ballard making a comment on how our inner world ultimately reflects the shape of the external world in which we live?

The protagonist of the story, Ward and Rossiter, are unable to keep the gift of space to themselves because they were used to live in a small places. So when they found a big place, they started putting big instead of enjoying their space. They also invited people to live with them so as a consecuente, they reduce the space that they had.

13.What sort of living arrangement do they eventually end up allowing (and accommodating to) in their secret room?

At the end of the story, there were seven people living in the secret room, and they divided that room in seven parts so all the people have their own “room”. At the end, they end up living in a smaller place than the cubicles

14.Discuss Ballard’s style and language in the story? Consider also in what ways it is appropriate to the nature of the story being told.

Ballard uses different techniques of speech to emphasize his point of overpopulation. He uses hyperbaton and oxymoron to make the reader understand how he feels towards the society in his time and he wants to prove a point. The story also names the word “cubicle”, by doing this it emphasizes that we as a society are destined to live in a place meant to be in an office


Language Test- 3/4

Today, 3/4, we did an online test with our Language teacher Pilar Pando. After anserqing all the questions we had to post the test in our blogs.

Here’s mine;

Language Test

1)Write a paragraph (80-90 words) saying what has happened to the male character. Use a variety of tenses: simple past, past continuous, past perfect and conditional type

The male character of the video was walking alone in the middle of the night when suddenly he was surprised by a man who shoot him and then ran away. While he was shouting for help a lot of cars passed through the road but no one realized he was there. He started thinking that this wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t run away from his mother’s house. The saw a lot of blood coming through his arm so he went unconscious. A woman who passed through saw him and helped him. While she was driving him to the hospital she tried to wake him up. When they arrived to the hospital the doctor said that if she had found him a little later he would be dead by now.

Simple Past: Something about inside told me to turn around

Past Continuous: I was working late and it was a cold night

Past Perfect: I had left my phone at the office

Conditional type 3: If I had found you ten minutes later, it would have been to late


Write a paragraph (summary) of 80- 90 words of the story The Escape. Answer the questions in a paragraph. Include a variety of tenses: simple past- past perfect- past continuous and present perfect.

The story, The Gold Cadillac, is about an African American family during the period of time were black people were less than white people and were not accepted in society. This story is told from the 1st person point of view which is the younger daughter of the family called Lois who is 10 years old, that’s why the story is perceived with a very innocent tone. The family was formed by Dee which was the mother, the father and their two daughters Lois and Wilma. The father of the family had just bought a new car but not any car, a charming gold Cadillac to drive down south with. In spite of the excitement and joy of all the family, Dee, the mother, is not happy at all about this and refuses to ride in the car. Her anger was caused because her husband had bought a new brand car with the money they had been saving for years to buy a new house. She finally gives in and the whole family heads down south in the gold Cadillac to visit their relatives who lived there. On the way down, people gave them dirty looks because African Americans were not supposed to have such an expensive car.  A policeman pulls them over and accuses the father of having stole the car. At the end of the story, the father ends up selling the car and decides to get a cheaper car so people will not harass them any more and also to start saving money for their new house.

  1. What is the story about? What are the main events in the story, and how are they related to each other?
  2. Are the main events of the story arranged chronologically, or are they arranged in another way?
  3. What are the conflicts in the plot? Are they physical, intellectual, moral or emotional? Are they resolved? How are they resolved? Is the main conflict between good and evil sharply differentiated, or is it more subtle and complex?
  4. What is the climax of the story and at what point in the story does the climax occur?
  5. What is the setting of the story?
  6. Who is/are the main character(s) in the story? What does the main character looklike?
  7. Describe the main character’s situation. Where does he/she live? Does he/she livealone or with others? What does the main character do for a living, or is he/she dependent on others for support?
  8. What are some of the chief characteristics (personality traits) of the character?

       9. What point of view does the story use? Is the story told from a first-personperspective, in which the narrator is one of the characters in the story, and refers tohimself or herself as “I”? Or is the story told from a third-person perspective, in which he narrator is not one of the characters in the story or may not participate in the events of the story?

     10. Is it consistent in its use of this point of view? If shifts are made, are they justified?

     11.What are the advantages of the chosen point of view?


Last week, our history teacher Lenny, diveded us into seven groups of 3. Each group had a different topic which it had to explain. As regards your topic you had to answer some guide questions so that your presentation will be complete. I’ve worked with Ramiro Aizpiri and Fransisco Montoya and the topic we had to analyse was how did Germany rearmed.

Here is the guide we had to follow and also our presentation.

Pixton- The Tell Tale Heart

Today, first day of classes of October, in Language, we worked in pairs, writing a dialogue based on the famous story written by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Tell Tale Heart”. In order to write the comunication between the policemen and the man, we used Pixton, an application for creating comics. Well, you’ll see the rest. This is the comic that I created with Anouk de Laferrere:

News Report- Mexico Earthquake

This is my news report of Mexico’s Earthquake. I’ve worked with Trinidad Porretti

Devastating Earthquake Strikes Mexico

                 A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico on Tuesday at 2:15 pm. The epicentre of the earthquake was in Puebla State, but then it spread to other cities, leaving approximately 277 casualties.


                Mexico and Morales were the cities which were hit the hardest by the earthquake besides Puebla State. It is believed that this earthquake is an aftershock of the one that took place a week ago, the 8th of September, in the same place, as it is an usual thing to happen. There have been 86 deaths in Mexico city, 71 in Morelos and 46 in Puebla State. It is an extremely rare coincidence that these earthquake took place on the anniversary of the one that devastated Mexico 32 years ago. Dozens of buildings have collapsed, including more than 40 in Mexico City alone.

                  Citizens and rescuers have been working tirelessly through the night in order to dig people out of the rubble. Not only have the citizens provided help, but also various foreign countries have donated and helped the cause. Electricity has been cut off for many city dwellers and the government is reportedly trying to fix this issue. Among the buildings that have collapsed is an elementary school, which collapsed killing at least 21 children and several adults. Furthermore, 15 people were killed when church in the slopes of a volcano, which appeared to have a small eruption following the earthquake, collapsed during the a mass.

                  This calamitous event ended the lives of many and destroyed hundreds of buildings, leaving many inhabitants homeless. The Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has called out to the population to remain calm while the agents assess the damage. World leaders have expressed their sympathy and offered support for Mexico, which will need the help to recover from the fatale earthquake.


Trinidad Porretti & Lucia Caviglione

Human Physiology- Stomach

Our Biology teacher, Ceci Adem, told us that we had to prepare a project for this second term. We were divided  into groups of 3/4  persons each . Each group had to choose an organ to work with and create a digital poster with information of it. Moreover, we had to record ourselves with Screencast o matic and explain our project. The organ that we’ve choose is the Stomach. I’ve worked with Bautista Buljebich and Alexis Stankiewich and this is our project.

Unit 9.1: Weimar Republic Sources

This are our analysis of the sources found along the unit 9.1 of our History Coursebook, about the German Weimar Republic. I’ve worked with Anouk de Laferrere

Source 1:

In 1918, although Ebert was unwilling to sign the Treaty of Versailles, he and his Weimar Republic accepted and brought Germany to an economic disaster. This source is an extract from Hitler’s biography, which criticises the Treaty of Versialles signed in 1919, after World War 1. As this treaty punished and humilliated the German economy, empire and people, Adolf Hitler, a German leader, hated it.

Source 3:

In 1923, the French and Belgian troops accesed the Ruhr, an area under the terms of Treaty of Versailles, and took the money owed by the Germans in raw materials. This fragment shows the memories of a German woman who lived in the Ruhr during the French occupation. She retells the sufferings that the French caused. The violence, the hunger, the poverty, the humilliation and the abuse that the society was submitted to.

Source 4:

By signing the Treaty of Versailles in 1918, Britain & France, especially, gained a lot of power, bringing Germany to her collapse. This picture is a British cartoon from 1921. It shows how was the relationship between France & Britain and Germany. While Germany is suffering in a devastating state, the leaders of France & Britain, are not willing to help her, taking advantage of her situation at that time.

Source 9:

In 1923 the German population was submited to an extreme hyperinflation, in which as it had not goods to trade, money begun to be worthless. Source 9 expresses the German thoughts about the causes of hyperinflation. They found the repartations, which they had to pay due to the Treaty of Versailles, and the Weimar Republic, for accepting that responsability, blameworthy.

Source 13:

After the Kaiser’s time, in 1920’s, Germany had expercienced a golden age for cinema. There arised one of its greatest international stars, Marlene Dietrich. Source 13 shows a poster from one of her movies. The movie is called “Blonde Venus” directed and produced by Josef Von Sternberg.

By: Luli Caviglione,  Anouk de Laferrere and Juana Zufriategui

Effect of cigaratte smoking on the sense of smell

In Biology class we are starting with some new projects. The teacher made groups and each of them has to present a different topic. I’m working with Alexis Stankiewich and Bautista Buljevich with topic number 7: Effect of cigaratte smoking on the sense of smell. Today 2/8 we are doing reasearch on this topic so we can start preparing our presentation.