Lord of the Flies Symbolism & Allegory Quiz

I always tell my students at the start of Lord of the Flies by William Golding that everything they will encounter within those pages cannot be taken for face value. Everything and everyone stands for something else. This quiz will test your knowledge over the more prominent symbols and allegories found in the book. 

  1. What does the beast symbolize?

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  2. What does the fire symbolize?

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  3. What does the conch symbolize?

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  4. Which character best represents the need for justice and democracy?

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  5. Which character best represents the boys' loss of innocence on the island?

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  6. What does the smoke symbolize?

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  7. Which character best represents Thomas Hobbes's theory of State of Nature, in which he describes that humans are inherently selfish and violent creatures?

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  8. Which character best represents the boys' loss of identity on the island?

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  9. Which character best represents reason, logic, and order?

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  10. Which character best represents sadistic violence and savagery?

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