Name: Book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding Week 1 Chapters 1-2 Date: Pre-Reading Activity Trapped on an Island After a plane crash, you and your group are stranded on a tropical island. There is fruit in the trees, a fresh water spring, and fish in the stream, but no adults have survived. The clouds in the sky are gathering. 1. Will you appoint a leader? Who will be the leader and how will you decide? If not, why won’t you? ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 2. Think of three jobs that will be necessary for the group to survive. Who will do these jobs? A.____________________________________________________________________________ B.____________________________________________________________________________ C.____________________________________________________________________________ 3. What are three problems that you predict you will face? How will you deal with those problems? A.____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ B.____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ C.____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 4. Prioritize the following goals: having fun, working hard, trying to get rescued. Explain your choices. 1. ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 2. ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 3. ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Part 1 - Vocabulary Match the vocabulary word with the definition # Vocabulary Word Definition mortification a. enclosed within; imprisoned furtive b. deviating from usual, established pattern or from accepted usage or conduct recrimination c. characterized by harsh, insistent, and discordant sound motif d. the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings immured e. hatred; ill will ebullience f. volunteering one’s services where they are neither asked for nor needed; meddlesome officious g. a bitter retort; a charge against an accuser strident h. sense of humiliation and shame caused by something that wounds one’s pride or self respect eccentric i. a single or repeated design or color enmity j. expressive of stealth; sly; secretive Use at least five vocabulary words in sentences to show you understand their meaning 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Part 2 - Discussion Questions Chapter 1: “The Sound of the Shell” 1. Describe the major characters: Ralph, Piggy, and Jack. 2. What instances of foreshadowing occur in this chapter? What predictions can you make about what sorts of things might happen later in the novel? 3. What do the boys‟ attitudes and actions (e.g. Ralph‟s joy at being free of “grownups,” the vote for leader, Ralph‟s telling the other boys about Piggy‟s nickname) reveal about human nature? 4. What is the significance (the meaning and importance) of the boys‟ encounter with the wild piglet? 5. What do you think the “sound of the shell” and the conch itself might symbolize? Chapter 2: “Fire on the Mountain” 1. What do you think is the significance of the “snake-thing” or “beastie”? Consider the little boy‟s description of the creature, the discussion of nightmares, Ralph‟s feeling that he is “facing something ungraspable” when confronted with this problem, and his need to repeat loudly that “there isn‟t a beast.” 2. What does Jack‟s behavior in this chapter suggest about him (e.g. his attitude toward killing pigs and hunting the beast, his excitement about the rules and the consequences of violating them, his treatment of Piggy etc.)? In what way(s) might the behavior of the boys during the meeting foreshadow later events? 3. What do you think Piggy‟s glasses might represent? Consider their normal function, the use they are put to in this chapter, Piggy‟s intelligence, and Piggy‟s helplessness without them. 4. What hypocritical irony is there in the boys‟ treatment of Piggy in contrast with their treatment of Ralph and Jack? What does this fact suggest about human nature? 5. What is ironic about consequences of the boys‟ decision to light a fire? In light of these consequences, what do you think it and the “drum-roll” represent? 6. What do the events of these first two chapters reveal about the major themes of the novel?