Brett Eubank~Vocabulary Builder
1.who is the main character of this short story?
2. Predict what will the student writing this report do?
3. If in given the opportunity to learn such ability would you accept the offer? Explain.

Disappearance- 1 : to pass from view
2 : to cease to be : pass out of existence or notice

This word is significant to this short story because the main character (Professor Barnhouse) has disappeared and no one can find him. This applies to the second definition of the word disappearance. He ceased to be in the area anymore and he could not be found by anyone or anything.

transitive verb
: to pull out of or as if out of proper shape : make awry

This has no real significance to the story bit I found this word to be interesting because I had never heard of or used this word myself. I was curious on exactly what it had meant.

Congregation 1 a : an assembly of persons : gathering; especially : an assembly of persons met for worship and religious instruction b : a religious community: as (1) : an organized body of believers in a particular locality (2) : a Roman Catholic religious institute with only simple vows (3) : a group of monasteries forming an independent subdivision of an order
2 : the act or an instance of congregating or bringing together : the state of being congregated
3 : a body of cardinals and officials forming an administrative division of the papal curia

At one point in the short story them mention that there was a church of Barnhouse where people worshiped barnhouse like a god other then that this word has no other significance to the story. In this case the first definition applies to this usage in the short story.

Phenomen. 1 plural phenomena : an observable fact or event
2 plural phenomena a : an object or aspect known through the senses rather than by thought or intuition b : a temporal or spatiotemporal object of sensory experience as distinguished from a noumenon c : a fact or event of scientific interest susceptible to scientific description and explanation
3 a : a rare or significant fact or event b plural phenomenons : an exceptional, unusual, or abnormal person, thing, or occurrence

This is a reference to his ability because truly what he can do is extremely rare and doesn't happen often. This word really puts in perspective what the Barnhouse affect is. It is one of those rare occurring events that never happens but when it does it is amazing.

Bewildered 1 : to cause to lose one's bearings
2 : to perplex or confuse especially by a complexity, variety, or multitude of objects or considerations

He was original perplexed about the power he held and thought of it as a once in a life time happening that somehow happened to him but soon he figured out the power he held he was extremely fortunate to have the power.

Dejected 1 : cast down in spirits : depressed
2 a obsolete of the eyes : downcast b archaic : thrown down
3 obsolete : lowered in rank or condition

This word is only used that is used to describ demagogues of society to add to the sentence. I hadn't know what it meant until I looked it up just now and that was the reason I choose this word is that this was one I wanted to understand.

Shortcoming : an imperfection or lack that detracts from the whole; also : the quality or state of being flawed or lacking

The professor just like any of us are flawed. I think this word shows more then it does in the passage it shows what we all are like flawed or lacking in area but excelling in others just like Barnhouse. He lacked sometime in his teachings but he excelled in the force of the mind.

Politics 1 a : the art or science of government b : the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy c : the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government
2 : political actions, practices, or policies
3 a : political affairs or business; especially : competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government) b : political life especially as a principal activity or profession c : political activities characterized by artful and often dishonest practices
4 : the political opinions or sympathies of a person
5 a : the total complex of relations between people living in society b : relations or conduct in a particular area of experience especially as seen or dealt with from a political point of view <office politics> <ethnic politics>

It seems that this word is used alot and this is the game that originally Barnhouse is playing. He wants to help the world but cant because he doesn't how to reach the world. He contacts the Secretary of State and trys to get their attention and he does but they only want to use him just likethe game of politics.

Disconsolately 1 : cheerless <a clutch of disconsolate houses — D. H. Lawrence>
2 : dejected, downcast <the team returned disconsolate from three losses>

This I think can describ the the professsor's emotion more then once he isn't proud he has the power he isn't even glad to have this ability but he uses it to his advantage when he gets the opportunity

1 : enduring injury with patience and without resentment : mild
2 : deficient in spirit and courage : submissive
3 : not violent or strong : moderate

This really is the best word for this short story to describe the professor. He was meek in all these respects at one point throughout the story. This word really fits him

Zach Gentry- Character Tracker and Questions
Costa's Levels of Inquiry Questions:
1. When does this story take place?
2. Describe Barnhouse's situation and how dynamopsychism works.
3. If you were Professor Barnhouse, how would you have used your powers? Why?

Character Tracker:
1. Prof. Barnhouse-Dynamic: I chose this trait to describe the professor because in the story, you can never really tell how he
is going to react to his situation, or what he's intending to do. He goes from wanting to keep his power a secret to sharing it
with the US gov't to using it to destroy bombers and V-2 ballistic missiles. This extreme changes in the story of his personality
make him very dynamic.

2. General Barker- Greedy: The general shows this trait because when he finds out about the new form of super-weapon that
Prof. Barnhouse possesses, only wants him to use the weapon to destroy things. He argues that 'eternal vigilance is the price of
freedom', but he could have used the power to give people the freedom of having resources at hand and not for his destruction to
keep freedom intact.

3. The narrator- Bright: In this story, the reader can tell that the narrator, who befriended the professor, is a bright young man. Not only
does the fact that he is a grad-student prove that he's smart, but he was also able to decipher the 'bewildering tangle of psychological
jargon and references' that the professor left, but he uses these writings to discover how to access the power that is so coveted in this

4. Barnhouse- Thoughtful: As soon as the professor is able to develop his power, he immediately thinks about how he can use his power
for the good of the world. He considers how he could 'clear roads through jungles, irrigate deserts, build dams overnight' and even something
as crazy as 'moving cloud masses into drought areas' and 'running generators where there isn't any coal or water power.' Instead of thinking
about himself, he is thoughtful enough to consider others who are in need first.

5. Mr. Cuthrell- Realistic: When he meets with Prof. Barnhouse for the first time, Mr. Cuthrell talks to him about the operation at hand and the
possible future of the power at hand. Barnhouse tries to make his argument that the power should be used to help the world, and Cuthrell mostly
agrees, but he is more realistic in mind. He explains this by saying, 'I wish to heaven that the world were ready for ideals like yours, but it simply isn't.
We aren't surrounded by brothers, but by enemies.' In saying this, he is taking the full situation into account and is very realistic in how they must
approach the problem at hand.

Quinn LeGallo-Malone- Image finder

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I chose a picture of two dice coming up to a seven because Arthur Barnhouse first realizes his psychic ability by rolling dice and getting 10 sevens in a row. This is important because it is how he discovers his powers.

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I chose a picture of Monticello because part of the story takes place in the Charlottesville area, and Monticello is one of the main attractions of Charlottesville. The main character is said to be held in a mansion in the area, and Monticello is one of the largest houses in the surrounding area.

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I chose a picture of a mushroom cloud explosion because it is stated several times in the story that Barnhouse's power is many times that of an atomic bomb. This is important because Barnhouse eventually sets out on a quest to dismantle nuclear and conventional weapons.

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I chose this picture of a bent gun because Barnhouse bends guns during Operation Brainstorm to show his resistance to violence. The difference is that in the story he bends airplane guns, not revolvers.

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I chose this image because Barnhouse has the power of telekinesis through the Barnhouse Effect. The man in the picture is preforming telekinesis on an apple.

Questions- Quinn LeGallo-Malone
1. What is the scientific name of the barnhouse effect?
2. What do you think the speaker will do with the barnhouse effect's power?
3. How do you think Barnhouse got his powers?
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Wade Foster -- Extender

How did Barnhouse discover dynamophsycism?
Describe Operation Barnhouse.
How plausible is dynamophsycism?

1) The first and most obvious connection to the Barnhouse Effect is that which I made with the Force from Star Wars. In Star Wars, specific and gifted individuals are chosen in their infancy to learn the ways of the Force, which grants the ability of telekinesis, among other things.

2) More telekinetic abilities can be found in the Harry Potter series, where the majority of the characters are wizards and have the ability to control items with their wands. Professor Barnhouse discovered how he could turn his brain into a "wand", allowing him to control this ability.

3) The Barnhouse Effect takes place in the aftermath of World War II, so this story reminded me of Saving Private Ryan, a movie about a group of WWII soldiers tasked with retrieving a private from the front lines.


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