The Destructors Questions and Answers
Why do they destroy Old Misery's house in "The Destructors" by Graham Greene?
What are the gang's motivations for destroying the house in "The Destructors"?
Identify the conflicts of "The Destructors" by Graham Greene.
What are three literary devices in "The Destructors?" List an example of each.
Explain the causes of the gang's delinquency, including their reaction to the name Trevor and their reaction to Old Misery's gift of chocolates.
In "The Destructors," what good qualities do the delinquents have?
Why did Graham Greene choose the name "The Destructors" rather than "The Destroyers"?
Who the protagonist in this story: Trevor, Blackie, or the gang? Who or what is the antagonist? Identify the conflicts in "The Destructors."
The Destructors: Suggestion about human nature? On the surface this is a story of action, suspence, and adventure. At a deeper level it is about delinquency, war, and human nature. What does the story say about human nature in general?
How is suspense created in the story "The Destructors?"
What is the significance of the name Trevor in 'The Destructors'?
What are the imagery in "The Destructors" through the story? How do they apply to the house, Wormsley Common, and to he characters ?
Why does the driver laugh in "The Destructors"?
Why does Blackie not go home after he loses his position of leadership in "The Destructors"?
Why is Trevor called T. in "The Destructors"?
What is Summers's reaction to the word "please"?
In "The Destructors," what are the gang's values?
Discuss the gang's motivation, taking into account the age/beauty of the house, the gang's loss of concern over leadership, the burning of the banknotes, and their consideration for Old Misery.
Describe the setting of "The Destructors" and its significance. What kinds of details help to pinpoint the setting as that of postwar London?
How does Trevor show that he is different from the other boys in the story "The Destructors"?
Does "The Destructors" have a happy ending? Why or why not?
In the story "The Destructors", why does the destruction of Old Misery’s house by the boys seem more senseless than the destruction brought about by the war?
What is the conflict of the story "The Destructors"?
How does "The Destructors" show that destruction is a form of creation?
Why does the gang allow Trevor to become leader in "The Destructors"?
What is the irony in "The Destructors"?
What is the writer's purpose in excluding only Trevor's limited omniscient point of view?
In Graham Greene's short story The Destructors, how does this quote relate to one of story's themes: "we are thrilled by wanton destruction. . . . . spectacles of mayhem. . . . are fun, artistically rich and possibly even good for the soul."
In "The Destructors," does the story have anything to say about the consequence of war?
What is the moral lesson of "The Destructors"?
How was Mr. Thomas' house destroyed in the short story, "Destructors" by Graham Greene?
Why does the author present the destruction of Old Misery`s house as both vandalism and a work of creation?
In “The Destructors,” how did Blackie lose his leadership position when the gang was talking about what to do to Old Misery's house while he was away?
What characteristics do the gang's two named exploits (pinching free rides and destroying the house) have in common in "The Destructors"?
How does "The Destructors" differ from commercial fiction?
How are the boys in "The Destructors" isolated?
Why did the gang want to destroy Mr.Thomas' house in The Destructors by Graham Greene?
Why did Trevor and Blackie burn Old Misery's money instead of just keeping it?
In "The Destructors" by Graham Greene, why does Blackie react to the word beautiful?
In "The Destructors," what motives for destruction can you eliminate based on what T. says to Mr. Thomas and what the boys do with the money?
In "The Destructors," what images are used to describe the setting of the Wormsley Common car-park and its surrroundings?
What is the importance of the ending of "The Destructors"?
Explain T.'s words from "The Destructors": "Of course I don't. There'd be no fun if I hated him."
Try to sum up what the story says about human nature in general.
What is the setting of "The Destructors"?
In The Destructors, what kind of symbolism is demonstrated in regards to the house, the drab landscape, shadows, misery and worms?
What are a few examples of similes in "The Destructors"?
Why did the author set the story in a post-war, London neighborhood?
How does the Wormsley Common Gang represent humanity in Graham Greene's story "The Destructors"?
In "The Destructors", how would you classify Trevor and Blackie according to character type?
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