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Great Expectations Teaching Unit
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- Compare this description of London with the description of Miss Havisham’s decaying bridal feast. What do you think Dickens might be telling the reader about the quality of Pip’s life in London?
- Discuss the rhythmical quality to Dickens’ writing. How does he include humor even in this “dismal” description?
- Why does young Pip go back and help the convict instead of hiding in his house? Why does he feel guilty afterwards?
- What indications are there that Pip is a kind, compassionate child?
- Given the description of Satis House, why does Pip want to improve himself so he will better fit into that lifestyle?
- List four coincidences in the novel which must be accepted by the reader for the story to be believed.
- Write a brief character sketch of Estella. Do you think the character grows and changes by the end of the story? If so, what motivates this change?
- Pip has many male influences or father figures in his life: Joe, Jaggers, Matthew Pocket, Abel Magwitch. Which of these do you think has the greatest influence over Pip’s development?
- Some critics believe that the women featured in Dickens’ works are either evil, comical, or the epitome of his ideal of romantic love. Into which of these categories do you think the following characters might fall: Estella, Mrs. Joe, Mrs. Pocket, Miss Havisham, Biddy?
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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 Muliple-choice and essay test with answer key Introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.