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Les Misérables Teaching Unit
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- Describe Jean Valjean after he is released from the galleys and explain the inhumane treatment that he endures in the town of D—— because he is an ex-convict.
- Explain the role of the church throughout the novel.
- What effect does the bishop have on Jean Valjean, both physically and spiritually?
- Delineate the presence of the bishop throughout Jean Valjean’s life.
- Given the circumstances, do you think Jean Valjean’s initial crime, theft of a loaf of bread, is truly a criminal act? Support your answer with details from the novel.
- Explain why Jean Valjean spends nineteen years in prison. Describe the effect that those nineteen years have on Jean Valjean.
- Why does the bishop tell the police that he gave Jean Valjean the silver?
- How do the following words, spoken by the bishop, affect Jean Valjean’s life? “‘Forget not, never forget that you have promised me to use this silver to become anhonest man.’” (Pg. 33)
- What crime does Jean Valjean commit against Petit Gervais? How does Jean Valjean attempt to make amends for this act throughout his life?
- Discuss light as a symbol of life, hope, and love throughout the novel. How do the bishop’s silver candlesticks contribute to this theme?
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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.