The Wave Questions and Answers

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One of the points of this story is the intended demonstration of the idea that we cannot learn from the past unless we remember and understand the past. Though we may believe that terrible...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2013, 5:09 pm (UTC)

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There are actually several positive aspects of The Wave. First of all, students who are normally apathetic about school suddently become motivated and excited about Mr. Ross' class. As a part of...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2009, 6:47 am (UTC)

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In Todd Strasser's novel The Wave, teacher Ben Ross tries an experiment with his students to get them to understand how easy it was for the German people to support the Nazis. He creates the Wave,...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2021, 3:14 pm (UTC)

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When Mr. Ross' ill-fated experiment begins, he comes up with two slogans for his students to use: "Strength through Discipline" and "Strength through Community." These will form the basis of The...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2019, 5:30 am (UTC)

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Mr. Ross becomes brainwashed by his own project. His wife recognizes this as she also recognizes the danger of what he has undertaken with his class. The simplicity of mind, the unthinking loyalty...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2013, 4:50 pm (UTC)

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The Wave, by Todd Strasser, aka Morton Rhue, is a novel that is set in the Spring of 1969 at Gordon High School in California. The novel is a fictionalized account of an actual classroom experiment...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2018, 4:41 pm (UTC)

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Groups can be united in many ways. In school, groups find unity through shared activities and shared interests. We see this exemplified in clubs and sports teams. Also in classrooms, group...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2013, 4:58 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Saunders is a highly intelligent woman, very clued-up when it comes to politics. She's very supportive of her daughter, Laurie, and is genuinely proud of her enormous popularity and success at...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2017, 3:26 pm (UTC)

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The character of Ben Ross, based on a real-life teacher in California who conducted the experiment fictionalized in the book, is described as a man who easily becomes obsessed with his...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019, 10:21 am (UTC)

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In "The Wave" by Todd Strasser, a teacher, Mr. Ross comes up with an idea to help his students learn about the Holocaust. He creates a fictional group called the Wave where students are expected to...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2015, 9:24 pm (UTC)

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More than anything else, The Wave acts as a stark warning of the dangers of groupthink. This is where people stop thinking for themselves and mindlessly subscribe to what everyone else is thinking....

Latest answer posted December 19, 2018, 7:34 am (UTC)

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In the novel The Wave by Todd Strasser, a history teacher, Ben Ross, starts an experiment with his students about discipline and order which used to be implemented in Nazi Germany. In chapter 9, we...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019, 3:31 am (UTC)

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You could say that The Wave did more good than bad in that it enabled the students to learn what life was really like under a fascist regime. History books can tell us a lot about the past, but the...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019, 4:40 am (UTC)

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One of the positives that Ben takes from The Wave experiment is that students turn up to his class incredibly well-prepared. They seem so much more enthusiastic about the whole learning experience,...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2020, 11:12 am (UTC)

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In the novel The Wave, the football team is the first group outside of Mr. Ross' class to join the Wave movement. David takes the philosophy and motto of the Wave, "Strength through Discipline,"...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2012, 8:17 pm (UTC)

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Mr. Ross had only planned to demonstrate the power of Nazi control with his teaching for one day. But the next day, the atmosphere in his classroom was different than it ever was before. Recall...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2020, 12:07 am (UTC)

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By the time Laurie publishes her striking editorial in the Grapevine, it's clear that the Wave experiment is getting seriously out of hand. During the previous week, a new Jewish student was...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019, 11:00 am (UTC)

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Scientifically, a wave is a surge of energy that moves across the surface of a liquid. This surge of energy is not localized by nature, but is diffuse and cannot be isolated at one point. By...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2013, 5:14 pm (UTC)

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In The Wave by Todd Strasser, teacher Ben Ross wants to show his students why the German population quickly and easily went along with the Nazis, so he starts an experiment and creates a movement...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2021, 1:43 am (UTC)

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Behaviorist learning theory or operant conditioning was first described by B.F. Skinner. In operant conditioning, people learn cause and effect in different ways such as negative and positive...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2015, 4:58 am (UTC)

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Laurie is the protagonist of the narrative. She’s a straight-A student who is also heavily involved in extracurricular activities, including serving as the head of the student newspaper, The Gordon...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019, 5:43 pm (UTC)

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Teacher Burt Ross has carried his "experiment" about as far as he can by the time we get to the pep rally scene. By trying to demonstrate to his students how the Nazi Party could possibly come to...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2010, 4:18 pm (UTC)

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I think that Ben Ross would have an interesting wish list of gifts for his birthday. One gift that Mr. Ross could very easily ask for would be a copy of the film, Dead Poet's Society. I think that...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2014, 4:42 pm (UTC)

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