Study Guide/ Question & AnswerI have a study packet for "Lord of the flies" and decided it would be way easier and more interesting if i posted it as a topic and discussed the questions with other...

Study Guide/ Question & Answer

I have a study packet for "Lord of the flies" and decided it would be way easier and more interesting if i posted it as a topic and discussed the questions with other people. This way i could get many different perspectives on the questions and the answers.

1. What is Ralph's reaction when Jack mimics him during the assembly about the beast?

2. What is the sign that comes "down from the world of grown-ups" while all the boys are sleeping?

3. What does the beast mean when he tells Simon "I'm part of you"?

4. As the boys' fears escalate, order seems to disintegrate. Do you believe that fear makes people do things they wouldn't normally do? Why?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One thing that also will assist you is to peruse the Question and Answer Group on Lord of the Flies as there are probably responses posted there already that may assist you. 

The third question, for instance, has been repeatedly addressed in questions from other students.  In Golding's allegory of man removed from the vestiges of society, the intrinsic evil that is in human nature is able to become pronounced.  Given the masks that Jack and the hunters wear, the covering of the last vestiges of society are hidden in the boys and they behave like savages, chanting and beating upon the others.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree.  You say this will be easier and more interesting, which is certainly true for you; however, an effective discussion involves some give and take, some movement.  Give us a starting point and we can help.  Unfortunately, the first two questions you list don't seem to require much in the way of discussion; the answers are relatively clear cut.  The other two do lend themselves to a variety of opinions and interpretations, though, so I'd encourage you to try again and give us a chance to dialogue with you. 

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James Kelley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I suspect that you can do two things to improve the response rate to your post:

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2. Post your own ideas first: Show how you might answer each of your questions first. I know that I'm a lot more willng to help someone if I see that they're doing their best. I'm much less likely to help someone if I think they're tryiing to get me to do their work for them.

These comments are sincere and are meant to help you get some helpful responses to your questions.

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