The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Directions: Over the next week, answer one (1) of the following questions. Each response needs to be a paragraph in length. Remember that a paragraph includes an introductory sentence, and a concluding sentence. There needs to be 3-5 or more sentences in between with supporting details and evidence. Spelling and punctuation count. Make sure to properly quote material by enclosing excerpts from the text in quotation marks.

Christopher tells the mystery of Wellington’s death and the story about the emotional faces from his point of view. Because this is a mystery novel, we know that there are gaps of information that are missing. In your responses focus on the importance of viewpoint in this text.

1. Why does Christopher only tell the story from his point of view? What gaps in information do you think exist because he told the story from his point of view? What information do you think Mrs. Shears or Siobhan would have included if the story was told from either of their points of view?

2. Given Christopher’s aversion to being touched, can he experience his parents’ love for him, or can he only understand it as a fact because they tell him they love him? Is there any evidence in the novel that he experiences a sense of attachment to other people?

3. One of the unusual aspects of the novel is its inclusion of many maps and diagrams. How effective are these in helping the reader see the world through Christopher’s eyes?

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Act 5

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Act 5 Journal Response Questions

Directions: Over the next week, answer THREE (3) of the following questions. Each response needs to be a paragraph in length. Remember that a paragraph includes an introductory sentence, and a concluding sentence. There needs to be 3-5 or more sentences in between with supporting details and evidence. Spelling and punctuation count. Make sure to properly quote material by enclosing excerpts from the text in quotation marks.

1. Romeo  and Paris meet up at Juliet’s tomb and fight. Paris dies. Is this necessary to the play’s overall plot? Why or why not?

2.  Read Romeo’s speech, lines 34-57 on page 376, (Act 5, scene 1). What is he   saying here? What is his plan?

3.  What do you think Romeo meant when he said, “then I defy you, stars!” after learning of Juliet’s death?

4. Choose at least two themes for Romeo and Juliet  which you think stand out. How do these themes come across to you, the reader/audience? Give examples from the play.

5.  Friar Lawrence’s last speech, a monologue, summarizes all the actions for everyone on stage. Re-read his lines, 229-269, Act 5 Scene 3, and paraphrase his words, explaining the events in your own words.

Act 4

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Act 4 Journal Response Questions

Directions: Over the next week, answer THREE (3) of the following questions. Each response needs to be a paragraph in length. Remember that a paragraph includes an introductory sentence, and a concluding sentence. There needs to be 3-5 or more sentences in between with supporting details and evidence. Spelling and punctuation count.  Make sure to properly quote material by enclosing excerpts from the text in quotation marks.

  1. PARAPHRASE the four reactions to Juliet’s death.

2. In your opinion, who seems the most devastated? Explain.

3. Whose reaction seems the most hysterical? Why?

4.  Whose reaction seems the least emotional? Why?

5. Give an example of a couplet in this reading.

6.  Capulet speaks of death as alive. Give three ways in which Shakespeare “allows” death to be human.

7.  Paris speaks of death as alive. Give two examples and give the literary device Shakespeare is using.

8.  How are the first lines spoken by Paris and by Capulet similar?

9.  How are Lady Capulet’s and the nurse’s reactions similar?

10.  Find an example of alliteration in the passage.

11.   Are there any similes or metaphors at all in this passage? If so, give them.

Chapter 6 of Mice and Men

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Chapter 6 Journal Response Questions

Directions:   Choose 2 of the questions below and write a response.  Each response needs to be a paragraph in length, or 5 plus sentences.  Remember that a paragraph consists of an opening or introductory sentence, a concluding sentence, and the middle sentences contain the details and proof of your point.  Spelling and grammar count.  Make sure to properly quote material by enclosing excerpts from the text in quotation marks.

1.What do you think is the significance of the book closing as it opens: with Lennie at the pool, having run from an incident?  Are there any key images which tie in with this?

2.  The first six paragraphs contain many images of nature.  Copy and fill in the table below, showing what you think Steinbeck’s purpose is with each image:

The Image: A water snake glided smoothly … the beak swallowed the little snake …’

Significance: Nature is presented as cruel at times – sometimes it is unavoidable that there are victims (Candy’s dog, drowned pups etc.)

3.Many readers find the technique of presenting Lennie with the two visions very strange in such a realistic book.  Explain what you think the significance of each is, and why Steinbeck decided to present each in this way.  Does it work?

4.What do Lennie’s ‘conversations’ with Aunt Clara and the rabbit reveal about his state of mind at this point in the novel?

5.Comment on Steinbeck’s use of adverbs when describing how Lennie speaks.  What do they reveal about him?

6.   Look carefully at the ‘speech’ of Aunt Clara and the rabbit.  In what ways are previous areas of the novel explored in these?  How does the vocabulary and syntax echo other parts, and what is the significance of this?

7.  ‘Ain’t you gonna give me hell?’ Why do you think Lennie  wants  George to do this at this point in the novel? How   does Steinbeck present George when he finally agrees to  do this?

8.Why do you think George talks about the farm as he shoots   Lennie?  How does this conclude the theme of ‘dreams’?

9.  Comment on Slim’s reaction to what George has done. How is this consistent with his character throughout? Link this to the shooting of Candy’s dog.

10.The last lines of the novel are famous. Think of as many reasons as you can for why Steinbeck chooses to end the novel in this way, and why the ending might fit in so well.

Chapter 5 of Mice and Men

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Chapter 5 Journal Response Questions

Directions:   Choose 1 of the questions below and write a response.  Each response needs to be a paragraph in length, or 5 plus sentences.  Remember that a paragraph consists of an opening or introductory sentence, a concluding sentence, and the middle sentences contain the details and proof of your point.  Spelling and grammar count.  Make sure to properly quote material by enclosing excerpts from the text in quotation marks.

  1. Why would a reader feel sorry for Curley’s wife? Explain.

2.  Why would a reader feel sorry for George? Explain.

3.  Why would a reader feel sorry for Lennie? Explain.

4. Why would a reader feel sorry for Crooks? Explain.

5.  Why would a reader feel sorry for Candy? Explain.

Chapter 4 of Mice and Men

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Chapter 4 Journal Response Questions

Directions:   Choose 1 of the questions below and write a response.  Each response needs to be a paragraph in length, or 5 plus sentences.  Remember that a paragraph consists of an opening or introductory sentence, a concluding sentence, and the middle sentences contain the details and proof of your point.  Spelling and grammar count.  Make sure to properly quote material by enclosing excerpts from the text in quotation marks.

1.  Steinbeck uses the description of the harness room to reflect the character of Crooks, the ‘negro stable-buck’.  List eight to ten objects from the two opening paragraphs and write what you think each one of them says about Crooks.  An example is given below:

… a long bunk filled with straw–Crooks’ bed is like an animal’s, showing that, as a black man, he is treated little better than a beast.

2. Both physically, and in terms of status and situation, Crooks has a lot in common with Candy.  Use quotations from previous sections alongside this extract to demonstrate this, and comment on the comparisons.  Do you think Steinbeck has deliberately done this?  If so, why?

3. Crooks’s taunting of Lennie seems cruel in this section.  Why does he behave in this way?  What is significant about the way in which Lennie responds?

4. Through the character of Crooks, Steinbeck finds plenty to say about the nature of dreams and the “dream farm”.  Find five quotations that you feel are significant, and explain each.  What is significant about the way in which Crooks also buys into the idea by the end of the conversation?

5. What does Curley’s wife mean when she says, ‘They left all the weak ones here’?  Who are the “weak ones”?   Why are they considered weak and by whom are they considered weak?

6.  Find and write the quotations which show how Crooks reacts to the threats of Curley’s wife.  What exactly is she threatening, and why does Crooks react in the way he does?

Chapter 3 of Mice and Men

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Chapter 3 Journal Response Questions

Directions:   Choose 1 of the questions below and write a response.  Each response needs to be a paragraph in length, or 5 plus sentences.  Remember that a paragraph consists of an opening or introductory sentence, a concluding sentence, and the middle sentences contain the details and proof of your point.  Spelling and grammar count.  Make sure to properly quote material by enclosing excerpts from the text in quotation marks.

  1. At one point, George describes playing jokes on Lenny but then he stopped. Why did he stop? What did we learn about the loyalty in George and Lennie’s relationship? How does George feel about what he did to Lennie?  (pg. 40)

2. What are Carlson’s reasons for shooting Candy’s dog?  What are Candy’s reasons for not shooting the dog?  In what ways is Candy like his dog?  Why should Candy have shot his dog instead of letting Carlson do it? Do you agree? Explain.  (pg. 61)

3.  Discuss the simplicity of George and Lenny’s dream. What role does the dream of “livin’ off the fatta the lan’” play in Chapter 3?  How does the dream affect the characters?  What mood does it create in this scene?  Why is that important? (hint – think about what else happens in the chapter)  (pg. 56-61)

4. Discuss the power relationship between Slim and Curley. What do their fights seem to result in? Why? What does this exchange reveal about these characters?

Act 3

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ACT III JOURNAL RESPONSE QUESTIONS

Directions: Over the next week, answer THREE (3) of the following questions. Each response needs to be a paragraph in length. Remember that a paragraph includes an introductory sentence, and a concluding sentence. There needs to be 5 or more sentences in total.  Your 3 sentences between your introductory and conclusive one need to be your supporting details and evidence. Spelling and punctuation count.

1.  Trace and explain the sequence of events which begins with Tybalt’s insult to Romeo and ends with Tybalt’s death and Romeo’s banishment in scene 1.

2.  Describe Juliet’s reaction to the Nurse when she says “shame to Romeo!” in scene 2.

3.  In scene 3, Friar Lawrence mentions three things for which Romeo should be grateful. Explain what these three things are from the Friar’s monologue.  Do you agree with his assessment?  Explain.

4.  Re-read lines 43-64 in scene 4. Explain the difference between Romeo’s and Juliet’s feelings about their future together.

5.  Describe Lord Capulet’s reaction to Juliet’s refusing to marry Paris in scene 5.

6.  Describe Juliet’s reaction to the Nurse when she says, “I think it is best you married with County.” in scene 5.