I am in the middle of the book The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (week 2 out of 4) and my assignment is to locate transiton words and to explain how the setting influences the events in the...

I am in the middle of the book The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (week 2 out of 4) and my assignment is to locate transiton words and to explain how the setting influences the events in the story. To be specific, I am focusing on chapters 6-12. I am stuck and need some help.

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In the middle of the book 'The Egypt Game' by Zilpha Keatley Snyder the children are playing in the storage yard. This setting adds to the suspense and drama and rising action of the story because this is not a suitable or appropriate place for them to be. Towards the middle part of the story, things are going well with the Egypt game they love to play, new children have joined in and seem to be loving new activities such as the Isis song. However, perhaps spurred on by the forbidden nature of the location, the isolation away from adult support and the childrens' preference to play the game away by themselves, things start to get out of hand. The significance of the prohibited setting is that adult support is not immediately on hand if anything dangerous happens - for example in lighting fires or being near dangerous substances. Unsuitable topics come in for discussion such as sacrifices, and inappropriate suggestions made about whom to suggest for this. A looming figure appears on top of the high fence, takes a leap and lands in amongst them all. A transition has been made from fantasy to scary unpleasant reality - and the childrens' speech reflects this - for example worries that the Gods are angry.

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