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Posted: December 13, 2016

Periods 1,2,3 and 4 Test on Wednesday.


Chapter 7 – “Shadows and Tall Trees”






decorum                (p.110)                                  crestfallen (p.117)                   brooding (p.118)                              enterprise (p.122)


apprehension (p.113)                          traverses                (p.116)                      daunting (p.119)                              impervious (p.121)                                               




1.       What specifically is Ralph finding disturbing about himself and the island?


2.       What reassurance does Simon give Ralph about his future?


3.       A)   How does Ralph feel when he manages to wound the boar on the hunt?


B)      Does this reaction surprise you?  Would it surprise Golding?


C)      What is the symbolic meaning of the game the boys play with Robert?


4.       Why does Ralph want to postpone the trip to the mountain?


5.       Who volunteers to go back alone through the jungle to look after Piggy and the littluns?  Why isn’t this a surprise?


6.       What do they see on the mountain and why do they run?


Posted: December 8, 2016

Periods 1,2,3 and 4

Chapter 6 - “Beast From Air”



Leviathan (p.105)                               mutinously (p.108)              emphatic (p.101)                 exasperation (p.102)           guano (p.106)


clamor (p.108)                     tremulously (p.99)               interminable (p.99)              impenetrable (p.104)          taut (p.107)










1.     Discuss the significance of this chapter title.  Combined with Chapter Five, what might these two titles suggest to us about the mental state and thoughts of the boys?


2.     Ralph has been hoping and praying for a signal from the adult world, and in this chapter he gets it.  What is it and why is it ironic?  How does the dead parachutist become animated?


3.     a)    How does Golding use language to show that Sam and Eric are twins?


b)     Why do the twins fail to keep the fire going?


c)     What do they miss seeing because of this and what do they see instead?


d)    How do the twins feel about Ralph now?  Who do they compare him to?


4.     a)    At the assembly prompted by Sam and Eric’s experience, what do the boys decide to do about the beast?


b)     How is democracy breaking down?


c)     Why does Jack say they don’t need the conch anymore?


d)    Do you agree with Ralph’s statement that “rules are the only thing we’ve got”?


5.     Compare the assemblies that take place before and after the beast is actually sighted.  How do the tones of the assemblies differ?


6.     Discuss Sam and Eric’s description of the beast.  Is it an accurate account?


7.     Why does Ralph insist on being the first one to look for the beast?  Why does Jack insist on accompanying him?  What do their two views on how to deal with the beast symbolize?


8.     What is the meaning of the following statement:  “However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick.”


Posted: December 7, 2016

Periods 1,2,3 and 4


Chapter 5 - “Beast From Water”



Ludicrous (p.78)                                  lavatory (p.80)                                     apex (p.77)                           reverence (p.78)


Ineffectual (p.79)                                                inarticulate (p.89)                                                solemn (p.78)                       assent (p.79)






1.     What is the significance of the title of the chapter?


2.     Compare Ralph’s mood at the beginning of the novel to his mood right before the nighttime assembly.  What has caused the change?  What is happening to him?


3.     Why has the island turned out to be very different from what Ralph expected it to be at the beginning?


4.     Describe the place where the assemblies take place.


5.     What is Ralph thinking about before the assembly begins?


6.     What does Ralph want back?  What does he constantly do in this chapter which symbolizes this desire?


7.     At the beginning of the nighttime assembly in Chapter Five, what problems with the island society does Ralph point out?  What changes does he tell the boys they must make and why?


8.     The fire seems to need constant attention.  What could this symbolically represent?


9.     What discussion disrupts the meeting?


10. What different views of the beast do Ralph, Jack, Simon, Piggy, and Percival offer at the meeting?


11. What is the symbolic meaning of Percival’s failure to remember his phone number?






Posted: December 6, 2016

Eng 112 Periods 1,2,3 and 4 finish your LOTF mask. We will start chapter 5 on Wednesday.

Posted: November 29, 2016

Periods 1,2,3 and 4:

Do the vocabulary terms tonight. We will answer the questions in class tomorrow!

Chapter 4 - “Painted Faces and Long Hair”



blatant (p.58)                       sinewy (p.64)                                        dubious (p.59)                                      myriad (p.61)


taboo (p.62)                          malevolently (p.71)                             belligerence (p.60)                               ravenously (p.66)






1.     What is the significance of the title of this chapter?


2.     a)    How much time has passed since the boys landed on the island and how do we know this?


b)    What effect has this had on everyone?


3.     Discuss the metaphor Golding uses to compare life to the passage of a day.


4.     a)    What is a “mirage” and how do the boys react to the mirages in daylight and at night?


b)    In what ways is the concept of civilization a mirage?


5.     Outline the lifestyle of the “little ‘uns”.


6.     Why does Roger, throwing stones at the little ones, aim just to miss?


7.     What is symbolic about the fact that Piggy’s hair never seems to grow?


8.     What hope is dashed in this chapter due to irresponsible behavior?


9.     What is disturbing about the behavior of Jack and the hunters?


10. How do Piggy’s glasses get half broken in this chapter and what does this symbolize?  Who helps Piggy?




Posted: November 23, 2016

Eng periods 1,2,3 and 4. Test on Thursday Nov 24th.

Attached Symbolism assignment is due Nov 28th at the start of class!

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Posted: November 22, 2016

Periods 1,2,3 and 4.  Test on Chapters 1,2 and 3 on Thursday Nov 24th.

Chapter 3 - “Huts on the Beach” Define these terms for homework. Will correct questions for Chapter 3 tommorow.


oppressive (p.49)                 declivity (p.54)                                     vicissitudes (p.49)                                bewildered (p.54)


inscrutable (p.49)                 tacit (p.55)                                            antagonism (p.51)                               indignation (p.54)


Posted: November 16, 2016

Periods 1,2 and 4. We have read up to chapter 2. Will finish questions tomorrow. Study your terms.

Period 3 we will finish chpter 2 tomorrow. Study your terms.


Posted: November 15, 2016

Periods 1,2,3 and 4. LOTF definitions Chapter 2 - “Fire on the Mountain”




gesticulated (p.34)               ebullience (p.38)                                  grotesque (p.39)                                   tumult (p.43)


scornfully (p.38)                  recrimination (p.43)                            contemptuously (p.42)                       tirade (p.45)


Posted: November 14, 2016

Periods 1,2,3 and 4.  Look up all chapter 1 terms tonight. We will finish  chapter 1 questions tomorrow.

Map of the Island.


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