STAR WARS
Entry Tasks and Follow-up
Questions
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STAR WARS Entry Task Day 1
• In a brief paragraph, tell me
what you know about Star
Wars and what you like or
dislike about the film or
series.
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Follow-up Questions (1A)
• Why is the film set “A long time
ago…?”
• What did you notice about Darth
Vader’s introduction?
• Why do you think the plot follows the
droids at the beginning?
• What do you think is significant about
the setting of Tatooine?
• Why might Uncle Owen be hesitant to
let Luke leave the farm?
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Follow-up Questions (1B)
• What is the significance of the lightsaber?
Why not a blaster?
• What are your impressions of Obi-Wan to this
point in the story?
• Why does Luke refuse to help Obi-Wan when
he’s been trying to leave?
• Luke’s reaction upon seeing his dead aunt
and uncle is not grief but determination. Why
is this important?
• To this point, does Luke Skywalker seem to
have the makings of a hero? Why or Why
not?
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STAR WARS Entry Task Day 2
• In a brief paragraph, tell me
who your favorite character
in the film is to this point.
Least favorite? Why?
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Follow-up Questions (2A)
• Why does Princess Leia’s accent
change?
• Why do you think that Han doesn’t
believe in the Force?
• How does Leia treat her rescuers?
• What do you think about the Force: Is
it real, or might it really be “luck” as
Han says? Why do you think that way?
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Follow-up Questions (2B)
• Why does Ben say “…if you strike me down, I
will become more powerful than you can
possibly imagine?”
• Han claims he’s in it for the money. Do his
actions show this to be true?
• What is the significance of Darth Vader
surviving the Death Star’s destruction?
• Consider Luke’s heroic moment. How much
was luck? How much was the Force?
• What was the most memorable quote from the
movie? Why?
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STAR WARS Entry Task Day 3
• THE EMPIRE STRIKES
BACK is the sequel to the
highly successful STAR
WARS, but is often regarded
as a better film. Can you
think of any other sequels
regarded this way?
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Follow-up Questions (3A)
• Why do you think Darth Vader is obsessed with
finding Luke?
• Why does Han go back out after Luke?
• What do you think of the way Han and Leia
interact with each other?
• What is the purpose of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s
appearance to Luke?
• How have the relationships between Luke, Leia,
and Han evolved from the last film? What do
you think has happened since we last saw
them?
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Follow-up Questions (3B)
• What do Yoda and the space slug have in
common?
• Why does Han enter the asteroid field?
• The Sith only allow for two of them to exist at
any one time. Why then does Vader suggest to
the Emperor that Luke be turned to the Dark
Side?
• Why does Yoda initially hide his identity from
Luke?
• Discuss Yoda’s concerns about Luke’s training
as a Jedi. Are they valid?
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STAR WARS Entry Task Day 4
• Jedi are forbidden to have
attachments. Why might
this be an important rule?
Why might that be an issue
for Luke?
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Follow-up Questions (4A)
• What does it mean that the cave contains
“only what you take with you”?
• What are your observations regarding
Boba Fett?
• Is Lando a sympathetic character? Why
or Why not?
• Discuss Luke’s choice to leave Yoda in
order to save Han and Leia. Is he being
brave? Foolish? Reckless?
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Follow-up Questions (4B)
• Does Lando redeem himself as a friend?
Would you trust him? Why or Why not?
• Why does Darth Vader tell Luke that he’s his
father?
• If Vader’s telling the truth, what does that say
about Obi-Wan?
• Vader says that it is Luke’s destiny to join him.
Is he right? How does Luke respond to this?
• Yoda told Luke to complete his training rather
than to try and help Han and Leia in Cloud City.
Was he right? Explain.
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THE PREQUELS
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STAR WARS Entry Task Day 5
• In a brief paragraph, tell me
whether you think people
are born good or bad—or if
they are defined by their
choices.
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Follow-up Questions (5A)
• Why is the film called “The Phantom
Menace”?
• What did you notice about the way the Jedi
are portrayed in this film?
• Why do you think Queen Amidala uses
elaborate makeup, costumes, and an
accent?
• What is significant about the introduction
of Darth Maul?
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Follow-up Questions (5B)
• What did you think about the first meeting of
Anakin and Padme?
• What seems stronger--Anakin’s pride in his
abilities or his selfless nature and desire to
help others?
• Anakin is shown to be very good with
technology--how might this be
foreshadowing?
• Anakin’s mother says that he had no father.
How might this affect him later on?
• If Qui-Gon is such a big believer in fate, then
why does he spend so much time
manipulating things?
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STAR WARS Entry Task Day 6
• The Jedi code forbids
attachment to other people.
Why do you think this is?
Why might this be a problem
for Anakin?
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Follow-up Questions (6A)
• What do you think about the midichlorians
and their relationship to Force ability?
• Which is more important--testing a potential
Jedi’s abilities or their feelings?
• Why would Anakin’s age be a reason to
reject him as a potential Jedi?
• What do you notice about Palpatine in
regards to the Chancellor?
• What do you think about the relationship
between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan? How might
his master influence what kind of Jedi ObiWan Kenobi becomes?
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Follow-up Questions (6B)
• In your opinion, how many people in the film
knew that Padme was the queen and her
bodyguard was a decoy?
• When Anakin destroys the droid control ship,
was it luck or the Force?
• Why do you think the Jedi council ultimately
let Obi-Wan train Anakin as a Jedi?
• Compare the partnerships of Qui-Gon/ObiWan and Darth Sidious/Darth Maul.
• What does Palpatine mean when he says that
he will be watching Anakin’s “career with
great interest”?
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STAR WARS Entry Task Day 7
• ATTACK OF THE CLONES
takes place 10 years after
THE PHANTOM MENACE.
What might be the reasoning
behind this large jump in
time?
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Follow-up Questions (7A)
• What is the significance of Padme
being continuously in danger?
• What do you think of the way Jar Jar is
being portrayed in this film?
• Compare the way Obi-Wan conducts
himself to how Anakin does.
• Why might it be a bad idea to give
Anakin the assignment to protect
Padme?
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Follow-up Questions (7B)
• Why do you think the Jedi would forbid
attachment?
• Who do you think is responsible for the
creation of the secret clone army?
• What do you think will happen between
Padme and Anakin?
• Has the Jedi council’s recommendation
against training Anakin as a Jedi
proven to be wise? Explain.
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STAR WARS Entry Task Day 8
• Jedi are forbidden to have
attachments and we’ve seen
how this affected Luke. How
has this affected Anakin so
far?
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Follow-up Questions (8A)
• What were your thoughts about Anakin slaughtering
the Sandpeople? Has he gone to the Dark Side?
• What is the danger of Anakin saying he will be “all
powerful” and “will learn to stop people from
dying”?
• What did you think of Count Dooku telling Obi-Wan
about a Sith Lord controlling the Senate?
• Why is Jar Jar manipulated so easily into proposing
emergency powers for Chancellor Palpatine?
• Do you think Padme has really been in love with
Anakin the whole time--or is she simply reacting to
the death sentence?
• Are the Jedi the moral authority they claim to be?
Has this film shown them to be fallible? Why or Why
not?
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Follow-up Questions (8B)
• What were your thoughts about the
clone troopers fighting for the Jedi?
• What is the significance of Darth
Tyranus (Count Dooku) telling Darth
Sidious about the start of the war?
• Why can’t the Jedi tell who Darth
Sidious is?
• Why is Bail Organa upset about the
creation of the GRAND ARMY OF THE
REPUBLIC?
• What is significant about Anakin and
Padme marrying in secret?
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• The Sith is an organization in the Star Wars
universe whose members dedicate themselves
to the Dark Side of the Force.
• Their individuals, known as Sith Lords or Dark
Lords of the Sith, traditionally use the title
Darth before their Sith name.
• The Sith are the archenemies of the Jedi, and
like them, their main weapon is the lightsaber.
• They only exist two at a time: a master and an
apprentice.
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THE SITH
•
In a time where Sith Lords existed in legions, Darth Bane renewed
the Sith order and established the Rule of Two. This rule stated
that there must be only two Sith Lords at a time: a master to
embody power, and an apprentice to crave it and eventually
overthrow his master and adopt an apprentice of his own.
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DARTH BANE
• He was the master of Darth Sidious and rumored to
have become so powerful that he was able to
overcome death and create life.
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DARTH PLAGUEIS
• He was the apprentice to Darth Plagueis and master
of Darth Maul, Darth Tyranus, and Darth Vader. He
was also the self-proclaimed Emperor of the Galactic
Empire.
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DARTH SIDIOUS
• He was the first apprentice of Darth Sidious and was
also the first Sith to publicly appear in 1,000 years.
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DARTH MAUL
• Also known as Count Dooku, he was once a
respected Jedi Master before he fell to the Dark Side
of the Force and became Darth Sidious' second Sith
apprentice.
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DARTH TYRANUS
• Once known as a Jedi by the name of Anakin
Skywalker, he was turned to the Dark Side of the
Force by Darth Sidious and became his third and
final Sith apprentice.
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DARTH VADER
STAR WARS Entry Task Day 9
• In a brief paragraph, tell me if
you’ve ever been tempted to
cheat or take risky shortcuts to
something. How might those
temptations be connected to
anger—especially in the Star
Wars universe?
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Follow-up Questions (9A)
• Compare Anakin and Obi-Wan’s
relationship in this film to what we saw in
ATTACK OF THE CLONES.
• What are your impressions of General
Grievous?
• What did you think about Anakin’s killing
of Count Dooku? Was it justified?
• How is Anakin’s loss of his mother
impacting his current decision making?
• Do you think Yoda’s advice to Anakin
(“Train yourself to let go of everything
you fear to lose”) is realistic? Explain.
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Follow-up Questions (9B)
• What are your thoughts on Anakin being
given conflicting assignments by both the
Jedi Council and Chancellor Palpatine?
• What is the significance of the tragedy of
Darth Plagueis?
• Compare and contrast Anakin’s mentors-Obi-Wan and Palpatine.
• Is Mace Windu’s order to Anakin about
staying at the Jedi Temple during
Palpatine’s arrest a wise one? Explain.
• What would you do if a loved one’s life
depending on an evil person escaping
justice?
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STAR WARS Entry Task Day 10
• Sometimes, the actions and
choices of one person can
affect not only their own
future, but also the future of
their children. How is this
illustrated in the Star Wars
universe?
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Follow-up Questions (10A)
• Why does Anakin turn to the Dark Side? Is
he still a sympathetic character?
• What are your impressions of Order SixtySix?
• What did you think about Palpatine reorganizing the Republic into an Empire?
Why does the Senate applaud?
• What is ironic about how Anakin treats
Padme on Mustafar?
• How do you think Obi-Wan feels as his duel
with Anakin begins? Explain. How much of
the blame for Anakin’s fall can be placed at
Obi-Wan’s feet?
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Follow-up Questions (10B)
• What did you think about Yoda’s defeat to
Palpatine and his subsequent exile?
• What ultimately causes Anakin to lose to
Obi-Wan? Explain.
• Why do you think Palpatine saved Anakin
and encased him in the black armor?
• What did you think about the birth of the
twins and the subsequent plan to hide
them from the Emperor?
• How has this film (and the Prequels as a
whole) shed light on Anakin becoming
Darth Vader?
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STAR WARS Entry Task Day 11
• In a brief paragraph, tell me
whether or not it is okay to
tell a lie to spare someone’s
feelings. Explain.
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Follow-up Questions (11A)
• Why are the Imperial officers more afraid of the
Emperor than Darth Vader?
• What are your impressions of Jabba the Hutt
and his palace?
• Luke seems much more confident in this film.
Is it warranted? Why or why not?
• At this point in the saga, Han and Luke have
seemingly switched roles. What is the reason
for this?
• Luke and Anakin each are willing to risk their
own lives in order to save their friends. Who is
more brave? Why?
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Follow-up Questions (11B)
• Why does the Emperor want Darth Vader to
bring Luke to him?
• Why does Yoda say that Luke only needs to
confront Vader again to become a Jedi?
• Luke is instructed to “pass on” what he has
learned? Who should be his first student?
• Why does Vader allow the Rebels to land on
Endor?
• Compare how secrets and lies affect the lives
of Luke and Anakin. Can they ever be used to
help someone or only to hurt them? Why?
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STAR WARS Entry Task Day 12
• In a brief paragraph, tell me
whether or not redemption is
possible for even the most
evil of people. What steps
would be required for this to
happen?
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Follow-up Questions (12A)
• Why might the Ewoks make good allies?
• What did you think of Leia’s response to the
news that Luke was her brother and Darth
Vader was her father?
• Why does Luke surrender to the Imperials?
• The Emperor claims that everything is
happening according to his plan. Is this true?
How do you know?
• The Emperor tempts both Luke and Anakin to
give in to their hate and join the Dark Side. We
know Anakin gives in—will Luke? Why or why
not?
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Follow-up Questions (12B)
• Why does Luke finally give in to his anger?
• Why is the Emperor obsessed with Luke taking
Darth Vader’s place?
• How does Luke finally become a Jedi?
• What causes Vader to break away from the
Dark Side and the control of the Emperor?
• We have now seen Anakin/Darth Vader come
full circle from Jedi to Sith and back again.
What are your thoughts on his redemption? Is
it realistic? Is it deserved? Is it fair? Explain.
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WHAT’S NEXT:
BETWEEN EPISODES 1 & 2
(ON NETFLIX)
WHAT’S NEXT:
AFTER THE TRILOGIES
(NEW FILM--2015)
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WHAT’S NEXT:
THE CANON UNIVERSE
(UPCOMING BOOKS)
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WHAT’S NEXT:
THE CANON UNIVERSE
(COMICS)
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WHAT’S NEXT:
THE “LEGENDS” UNIVERSE
(BOOKS AND COMICS)
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WHAT’S NEXT:
THE “LEGENDS” UNIVERSE
(BOOKS AND COMICS)
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WHAT’S NEXT:
BETWEEN THE TRILOGIES
(ON TELEVISION)
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