(Chapter 5)  What five issues does Ralph raise at the assembly?

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(I believe you actually mean Chapter 5)

After Ralph spots the smoke from a passing ship, he suddenly realizes that no smoke from their own signal fire is visible. When he runs up the mountain to find out why, he finds that the fire has been deserted by Jack's hunters. When Jack emerges excitedly with a dead pig, he fails to understand the urgency of the fire. So, Ralph calls for another assembly. Among the issues he addresses:

  • The "springy" log that makes up part of the platform needs to be moved.
  • This assembly needs to be a serious one, unlike many which end in laughter.
  • The boys have not been replenishing the fresh water that is supposed to be left in the coconut shells daily.
  • The huts are in bad condition.
  • The boys have not been using the spot designed as the lavatory.
  • He blames the hunters for allowing the fire to go out.
  • He reminds the boys that they have elected him as chief, so they should follow his directives. 
  • He tries to calm the young boys who believe a beast is prowling the island at night.
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Lord of the Flies

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