What are some good discussion questions about the book The Things They Carried?
These are the 5 categories....
1. World connection question ( a question relating the text to the real world)
2. close ended question ( a question about the text that will help everyone in class come to an agreement about events or characters in the text. this question usually has a correct answer)
3. open ended question ( an insightful question about the text that will require proof and group discussion and a "construction of logic" to discover or explore the answer to the question)
4. universal theme/core question ( a question dealing with a theme of the text that will encourage group discussion about the universality of the text)
5. literary analysis question ( a question dealing with how the author chose to compose a literary piece. how did the author manipulate point of view, characterization, form, figurative language, ect?)
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One question that I ask my class to explore refers back to the topic of truth that O'Brien brings up in Chapter 7 "How to Tell a True War Story." In this chapter, O'Brien argues that people are not ready to hear the truth and that war stories must be comprised of some level of fiction to make them palatable for the listening/reading audience. He also says that the truth is entirely subjective and that details about an event are remembered differently by different people because of their level of perception. So the chapter begs the question of whether or not is important to tell a true war story (or a true story in general), and if so, what is the nature of "truth" for the storyteller.
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