A Sound of THunder reading questions

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By Ray Bradbury
What is the
domino effect?
On the following three slides are three sets of
questions. The first are basic RECALL—tell
what happened in the story. The third are
INTERPRETIVE—questions which ask you to
interpret events and give your opinion. The
third are EVALUATE AND CONNECT—questions
that ask you to evaluate the story and make
connections from it to other ideas.
Please answer the questions using complete
sentences and thorough and thoughtful
answers.
POINTS: Four points per question, total
56
DUE: Tuesday, November 17th at the
beginning of class
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Why has Eckels come to the Time Safari
office? What does he plan to do?
Describe what happens after the party
enters the Machine.
Summarize the rules the hunters are told to
follow and the reasons Travis gives for
those rules.
How does Eckels react when the T-Rex
appears? Briefly describe what he and the
other men do.
What do the men discover when they
return from their trip?
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What do you think might be so appealing
about the service Time Safari offers?
What feelings does Eckels experience
during his first journey in the Machine? Use
evidence to support your answer.
How might the “domino effect” be applied
to Travis’s explanation for Time Safari’s
rules?
In your opinion, why do Eckels and the
other men react the way they do when the
T-Rex appears?
Why do you think Eckels and Travis are so
dismayed by the changes they find on their
return? Explain your answer.
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Within the fictional (made-up) world that
Bradbury has created, do events seem to occur
in a logical, predictable way? Support your
answer with specific examples from the story.
Considering how risky the activities of Time
Safari are, what reasons might the company
have for staying in business?
Identify at least three metaphors the author
used to describe the T-rex. What two things
are being compared in each metaphor? How do
these metaphors help you visualize the
monster?
If it were possible to travel to the past in order
to change the future, what might you want to
change? Why?
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