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The Bridge of San Luis Rey Teaching Unit
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- Why does Brother Juniper set about discovering the lives of the five who die when the bridge collapses?
- What does the narrator mean when he states, “…isn’t it possible that even I have missed the very spring with in the spring”? (Pg. 9)
- Discuss the theme of solitude. Which characters live in solitude? Why do they choose this life, if it is a choice? How is the life of solitude unique to each character?
- Through his characters, Wilder makes social commentary regarding the role of women. Discuss how he accomplishes this through the opinions and the experiences of Madre María, Pepita, Camila, and Doña Clara.
- In this novel, clouds often appear over the water during times of great pensiveness and/or sorrow. Support the theme of clouds as symbols of hope.
- Discuss the theme of love in the novel. Who loves? How do they love differently? Why do they love? What do they receive in return? What is the purpose of love?
- Brother Juniper sets out to prove that we live and die by the plan of a supreme being, not by accident. Does he succeed? Consider both the static characters and the events that occur after his death.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.