What are some questions to ask in an interview with any character from Lord of the Flies?Include character response.

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The flippant side of me would like to ask Ralph why he didn't just wash his shirt when he started thinking it felt stiff and uncomfortable. I know they didn't have soap, but there was fresh water... I know he would say that he just couldn't keep his mind on the problem long enough at that point to follow through. 

A more serious question that I'd be interested to ask is, to Sam'n'Eric, "Why did you tell Jack where Ralph was hiding?" It seemed that Ralph's plan was reasonable. With Ralph hiding near the castle rock, Sam and Eric could have particpated in the search without harming anyone, maintaining Jack's trust throughtout. 

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

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I would enjoy hearing about the beast--in stereo--from Sam and Eric. I'm thinking they might really exaggerate if they had the chance! Simon is the one who most intrigues me, and I would like to ask him the same thing Ralph asks him after Simon tells Ralph he's going to be okay, that he's going to make it. I'm not convinced he would answer me, either, but I would like to ask.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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As the real sociopath of the group, talking with Roger might prove interesting and key to understanding the intrinsic savagery in the nature of humans.  You laughed as you released the boulder upon Piggy; how did you feel when it struck Piggy and afterwards?  On the other hand, he might refuse to discuss anything as he is rather nondimensional.

Perhaps one could obtain more information from Jack who has started forward at the officer for a moment and then "changed his mind and stood still." Asking Jack why he originally advanced upon the officer and why he changed his mind, could be interesting.  Knowing now that they have been rescued, what would he have done differently if he had known of this rescue? 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If you are interviewing the boys after they've left the island, I would be most interested in asking Ralph about what he regrets.  I would ask him what, if anything, he thinks he could have done better, what would have allowed him to remain in control.  I would also ask him on the personal level if he regretted his attitudes towards Piggy.  Ralph was the "good guy" and yet he treated Piggy rather poorly.  I'd be interested in knowing if he would have done that differently given the chance.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Ooooo!  It's going to be really interesting to see some of the questions people suggest for this one!

I do think it makes a difference as to exactly when this "interview" is happening.  I would ask totally different questions if the interview was held before the children wound up on the island, as opposed to when they were stranded or after they were rescued.

My very favorite question that would work at most any point would be:  "Do you consider yourself a leader or a follower?  Why or why not?"

I love this question because it gets at the heart of what the character thinks about himself.  It would work for most any character in the novel, but if I had to choose, I would concentrate on Ralph, Piggy, Simon, and Jack.  We could get a lot of insight by hearing these answers!

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I think it would interesting to interview Piggy.  You could ask him about his education and find out more about his background.  You could ask what some of his other ideas about how to best live on the island and how he felt about not being taken seriously by the other boys.  I think it would be especially interesting to ask about his friendship with Ralph -- did he feel betrayed?  Did he really think Ralph could do anything to stop his murder?  Was he disappointed in Ralph's leadership?  Does he really think that he himself could have done a better job?  I would imagine a true response from Piggy would be an interesting mix of his arrogance and his immaturity.

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kschweiz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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Due to the themes of the book, it might be interesting to focus on questions of morality. For instance, if you were to interview Ralph or Jack, you might ask them how they feel about their leadership now that they have been removed from the island (I presume this is when the "interview" would take place). Depending on which of them you ask, answers might vary, but I think they would both agree that they did the best they could under the circumstances. They led in the only way they knew to lead--Jack damning morality and focusing on pure survival and Ralph preferring to starve than surrender his humanity. You could also discuss the reference point of "civilization"--these were prep school boys who went "mad" (or at least primal) when left without adult supervision or the restrictions of society. Some of them maintained, but it might be interesting to question which of the groups would have survived the longest and why.

There are multiple questions you could ask. My recommendation would be to identify a theme you want to focus on, then write some questions, and finally read/write a few character analyses and determine what the answers to your questions would be.

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aprilgooder | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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