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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Reading Schedule and Guided Questions
Next to each reading assignment is the date by which you need to have read the chapters indicated, since that day’s discussion will involve those chapters. You’re always free to read ahead. Each reading assignment is about 22 pages long.
- Chapters 2-43 Read by:
- Chapters 47-71 Read by:
- Chapters 73-103 Read by:
- Chapters 107-139 Read by:
- Chapters 149-157 Read by:
- Chapters 163-179 Read by:
- Chapters 181-197 Read by:
- Chapters 199-223 Read by:
- Chapter 227 Read by:
- Chapters 229-233 Read by:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Guided Reading Questions
Section 1: p. 1-34
- Why is Christopher fascinated with illustrations, diagrams and maps? How do they help us understand him?
- List three things Chris likes and three things he dislikes. Explain his reasons for each like/dislike listed.
- How does Christopher’s father show him love?
- What makes Chris feel safe? What makes him feel unsafe?
- Why does Christopher find people confusing?
Section 2: p. 34-74
- What causes Christopher to become violent? Give an example.
- Why does Christopher believe he’d make a good astronaut?
- Authors usually change the font (type or lettering) for emphasis. When and why does Christopher change the font?
- How does Christopher’s reasoning (p. 41& 42) differ from ours?
- Christopher lists his behavior problems on page 46. Which of the behaviors do you consider to be “normal?” Which behaviors do you think put stress on a family and/or marriage? Explain.
Section 3: p. 75-115
- Christopher compares his mind to a computer doing searches and to a DVD player. Explain how his mind makes sense of what he’s experiencing.
- Christopher has difficulties with rhetorical questions. What is a rhetorical question and why would he have trouble understanding them?
- Explain Christopher’s color preferences. How do colors help him deal with the world?
- How does Christopher discover his mother is alive? What is his reaction?
- Why does his mother say she left him with his father? Do you agree or disagree with her actions and why?
Section 4: p. 115-144
- Who killed Wellington and why? What does the killer’s confession reveal about his family situation and the community’s perception of the disabled?
- Was the killer justified in stabbing the dog? Explain your answer.
- What role do pictures have in Christopher’s thinking?
- Why do new places exhaust Christopher?
Section 5: p. 144-179
- While sitting in the train station, Christopher says, “I did a maths problem to make my head clearer.” Why might a “normal” person find this statement to be ironic?
- Besides doing math problems, what other coping skills does Christopher employ in the train station?
- Although Christopher excels at higher level math, we learn he doesn’t understand money and must ask the policeman for help buying the ticket. How do you account for the unevenness in his abilities?
- Why does Christopher’s perception of the signs differ on p. 169 and 170?
- After Christopher gets off the first train in London, how is he able to figure out which train to take next?
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Questions and Reading Schedule