Chapters 6-10 Discussion Questions – use evidence from the text to support answers Chapter 6 1. Describe what Percy notices about the farm house as he walks away from it? What bothers him about the attic? 2. Explain Percy’s guilty feeling about Grover getting in trouble? 3. Why do you think Percy asks Chiron about the Underworld? He says: "The beginnings of an idea – a tiny, hopeful fire – started forming in my mind." What does he mean? 4. Based on the description, what Greek god is cabin three dedicated to? How do you know? 5. Why is Annabeth upset with Percy after they leave Cabin Eleven? 6. How does Annabeth know that Percy is "one of us"? 7. Percy says the big girl from the Ares cabin reminds him of Nancy Bobofit. Is Clarisse like Nancy? Why or why not? 8. Why doesn't Percy want Annabeth's help when he gets into the fight with Clarisse? 9. What happens to Clarisse and her friends in the bathroom? 10. How does this incident change Annabeth's attitude toward Percy? Chapter 7 1. Who are Annabeth's parents? How did you find out? 2. Percy is considered “undetermined,” what does that mean? How do you think he feels about that? 3. Some of the kids at Camp Half-Blood are considered to be “summer campers” while others are “year-'rounders.” Describe the difference between the two. Which would you rather be? 4. Describe Annabeth’s necklace. What do the beads mean? 5. Why is Annabeth frustrated when she and Percy talk about quests? 6. How does Luke feel toward Percy? Why? 7. What does Percy ask for at dinner? Why? 8. Explain why the campers put their food in the campfire? What is Percy’s wish as he puts his in the fire? 9. In what way does Percy feel different once he gets to the bonfire? Chapter 8 1. Why are the counselors having a hard time deciding who Percy’s Olympian parent is? 2. How does Percy surprise everyone during his first sword class? How do you think he was able to do this? 3. According to Grover, why did the “Big Three” gods swear never to have any more children? 4. Why does the story about Thalia make Percy feel “hollow and guilty”? 5. In capture-the-flag, why does Percy feel like he’s being left out of the action? 6. How does Percy manage to overcome the kids from Ares’s cabin? 7. Describe Annabeth’s plan to win the flag? 8. Why does Annabeth make Percy stand in the water? 9. What does Chiron say about how the hellhound got into camp? 10. When you find out Percy’s true identity, are you surprised or did you see it coming? What clues were given earlier in the book? 11. Now that everyone knows who Percy’s father is, how will this change the way people at camp see him? Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Percy is the son of Poseidon? Why? Chapter 9 1. Describe how Percy feels once he finally gets his own cabin? Explain why he feels that way. 2. Based on the newspaper article Percy finds under his door, what is happening in the real world while Percy is in camp? 3. What is the master bolt? Why does Zeus think Percy stole the bolt? 4. Explain why the gods haven’t retrieved the bolt themselves? 5. Describe the Oracle’s prophecy? How does Percy feel about it? 6. According to Chiron, what evidence suggests that Hades stole the lightning bolt? 7. Percy is limited on how he can travel. Describe that limitation and why. 8. Tell what will happen on the summer solstice if the lightning bolt is not returned? 9. What has moved in to the camp? Why does this seem strange? Chapter 10 Discussion Questions – use evidence from the text to support answers 1. Who is Argus and why does he make a good security person? 2. What special properties does Riptide have? How will these properties benefit Percy in the future? 3. What gift does Luke give Percy? How will this be helpful for their quest? 4. How do you think you would feel if you were Percy being sent on this quest? Why? (use specific examples from the text) 5. What are some reasons Annabeth gives for why Poseidon and Athena don’t get along? Do you think this will affect the quest? Why or why not? 6. What is the Mist and how does it affect humans? Who do you think is in charge of the Mist? 7. Why and how does Percy sneak to the front of the bus? 8. What is Percy’s main reason for going on the quest? 9. Percy, Annabeth and Grover have lost their ride to the west. How do you think they will get there?