Thursday, October 8, 2009
Bookies-- Discussion Questions to p. 238
We'll discuss these tomorrow-- feel free to begin formulating your thoughts about any/all here, so the participating teachers can respond!
1. How does Zusak use the literary device of foreshadowing to pull the reader into the story? Any examples that struck you from this page assignment?
2. Guilt is another recurring theme in the novel. Hans Hubermann’s life was spared in France during World War I, and Erik Vandenburg’s life was taken. Why does Hans feel guilty about Erik's death? Guilt is a powerful emotion that may cause a person to become unhappy and despondent. Discuss how Hans channels his guilt into helping others. Explain Max Vandenburg’s thought, “Living was living. The price was guilt and shame.” (p. 208) Why does he feel guilt and shame?
3. How is the use of Mein Kampf in this story ironic? Look at the description on p. 159 for a quick reference!
4. On p. 189, Death addresses how much he "likes" Max's "stupid gallantry". What insight do we gain into Death's personality? Into Max's?
5. Review p. 198-199. This is a pivotal moment between Leisel and her foster parents. What has happened?
6. "Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day. That was the business of hiding a Jew" (p. 211).What does this comparison mean to you?
7. "The Standover Man"-- How much do you love this gift from Max to Leisel? :)
See you tomorrow during 8th grade lunch!