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ravemaste8 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 26, 2010 at 4:39 PM via web

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What are some good high level questions for Lord of the Flies?

I am doing a project for Lord of the Flies and I need 10 high level questions. I have 5 already but I am running out of ideas and time. I know the book pretty well so I can figure out your questions. I would appreciate anyones help.

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ajmchugh | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted August 26, 2010 at 5:09 PM (Answer #2)

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Since I'm not sure what kind of questions you've already come up with, some of my suggestions might be redundant. 

  • What textual evidence might lead readers to compare Simon to Christ or a Christ-like figure? 
  • Which character represents Freud's id?  Ego?  Super-ego? 
  • What evidence can you find which shows that everyone (even Ralph!) is capable of savage behavior? 
  • What details of Golding's narration in Chapter 1 establish the island as a wild, uncivilized  place?
  • What is significant about Ralph's physical description?  What do we learn about his character from this description?
  • Explain the Biblical implications of the phrase "lord of the flies" (specifically, research the name Beelzebub)
  • Discuss the different types of irony present in the last scene of the novel (the naval officers' arrival)

Again, I'm not sure what you already have, so I'm not sure if this is helpful--but I hope it is!  Good luck. 

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susan3smith | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted August 26, 2010 at 7:05 PM (Answer #3)

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Here are a few more:

1. Chapter 3 begins with a description of Jack and closes with a description of Simon.  Compare and contrast the presentation of each of these characters in this chapter and how each relates to the central theme of the novel.

2.  There are two meetings that are fully described in the novel.  One is the first one at the beginning of Chapter 2 that Ralph calls as his first meeting as chief.  The other is in Chapter 5 that Ralph calls after he has spotted the ship and the fire has gone out.  What are the common elements in each as they relate to Ralph's development as a leader?

3.  At the end of Chapter 9, Simon's body is carried out to sea.  What is the tone of this passage and how is it created through the imagery and diction that Golding has selected?

4.  Evaluate Ralph's strengths and weakness as leader through the decisions he makes while on the island.

5.  Two types of laws compete on the island:  the law of the jungle and the laws of civilization.  Which one takes precedence and why?

6.  Man either evolves and survives or remains static and dies.  Examine the truth of this statement as it relates to several characters in the novel.

7.  Discuss the role of adults in the novel:  the pilot, the dead parachutist, the naval officer, Piggy's auntie, Ralph's dad, the longed for sign from the adult world.

8.  Discuss the positive and negative roles of Piggy's glasses on the island.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 27, 2010 at 1:43 AM (Answer #4)

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The previous post was very strong.  I have always thought that a discussion of political structures relating to human nature could accompany Golding's work.  I like the debate between Hobbes and Locke set against the drama that unfolds with the boys.  I think that a higher ordered question or task could be to assess the work through the eyes and concepts of Hobbes or Locke.  Perhaps, even constructing a dialogue between both thinkers about what had been read might prove to be a fascinating work of synthesis and analysis.  It would help to reveal aspects of the text, critical understanding of its implications, and incorporate the ideas of these two giants of political theory in the process.  This might be an avenue to represent "higher ordered" thinking skills in assessing the work and student reaction to it.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 17, 2010 at 4:29 PM (Answer #5)

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Another approach to discussion of Lord of the Flies is that of allegory.

Questions can be asked about different aspects of the island and what these things represent.  For instance, the island represents a type of Garden of Eden on which the boys find themselves with Ralph as Abel and Jack as Cain.  The creepers are "snake like vines" which abound throughout the island, thus representing the prevalence of evil.  Of course, Satan, or Beelezebub, is the Devil.

And, once the boys fail and become uncivilized, the Garden of Eden without civilization becomes flawed, just as the rescue ship is flawed--it is a battleship.

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daniellegranierm | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 27, 2011 at 10:33 AM (Answer #6)

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what would happen if the kids were little girls instead of boys? let your mind run wild with that one.

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