Boy by Roald Dahl Novel Questions Read pages 46-60



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Read pages 46-60

Literary Terms:Direct characterization, indirect characterization



  1. Begin researching corporal punishment in schools. Record the pros and cons of it.

  2. Which sentence best conveys the central idea of Roald's experience on corporal punishment? (pg. 49-50) 

  3. In a paragraph, explain the following quote:"I stood there wishing I hadn't been last in the line. The watching and waiting were probably even greater torture than the event itself" (pg.48).

  4. Write Empathy Letter from Mrs Pratchett.

  5. Write a paragraph analyzing Dahl’s style and use of language in this extract on Mrs. Pratchett.

  6. Based on the information in the text, what trait can the reader infer as the most influential reason why Roald's mother went to speak with Mr. Coombes? (pg. 51)

  7. Rewrite a paragraph from the point of view of Mrs. Pratchett or Mr. Coombes. Identify the page and paragraph you are rewriting.

  8. Compare Matilda extract with those descriptions of teachers such as Mr. Coombes, as found on page 49.

  9. What effect does the tone have on this chapter?

  10. "The watching and waiting were probably even greater torture than the event itself."  Why do you think Roald made this statement?  Do you agree or disagree?  Why? 

  11. Which word best reflects the author's bias to his half-sister?  Why do you think he used this word? (pgs. 53-54) 

  12. Complete Norway brochure handout.

  13. Design a poster advertising Norway as a summer holiday destination.

  14. What significance do the following words have in pgs. 46-60: Loathsome, wily, corridor, dauntless, dignified?

Performance Task #1 Find examples of character traits using STEAL, cite evidence of characterization.http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson800/Characterization.pdf

Your Task: For each of the characters below, determine one character trait which accurately describes that person. Then, provide two quotes from the text to support your idea. Be sure to include the page number for each quote and use correct spelling and grammar.



  • Roald Dahl

  • Mother

  • Headmaster

  • Coombes

  • Pratchett


Read pages 61-71 Literary Terms:Claim, evidence

  1. Where do you draw the line between discipline and abuse?

  2. How does the absence of a parent affect a child’s life?

  3. Make connections to (to what we read text to world, text to text, text to self ) scenes in Boy.

  4. What does the chapter suggest about the impact of travelling to the magic island?

  5. Text-to-self:  What does this chapter remind you of in your travels?  Where did you go and what did you do?

  6. Text-to-text:  What story have you read before that connects to this chapter?  What book was it and what was it about? Which book did you like more and why?

  7. How does Dahl’s mother compare to yours?

  8. What was the purpose of Roald going to the doctor in Norway? (pg. 68) 

  9. Why did Roald not want the doctor to look into his mouth?

  10. What would you think if some doctor did that to you today?

  11. What significance does the word drenched have in pgs. 61-71?

  12. What was the your favorite part of this section?


Read pages 75-92 Literary Terms: foreshadowing

  1. What is your definition of corporal punishment?

  2. Why do some cultures accept corporal punishment as an intrinsic part of life?

  3. What were some of the things Roald would have in his tuck box?

  4. Imagine you are going to boarding school. You are allowed to take 5 luxury items. Draw a picture of each item and write a sentence explaining why you would choose that item. You can also take a tuck-box. Again you are only allowed five foods. What would you take? Draw the foods in the trunk and explain why you would take each one.

  5. Identify and support emotions apparent in the chapter “First Day.”

  6. What does the author illustrate about the Headmaster's smile by using the metaphor to describe his smile? (pg. 79) 

  7. Text-to-text:  What story have you read before that connects to this chapter?  What book was it and what was it about?

  8. Find a detail from the text that best demonstrates the relationship between Roald and his mother?

  9. Correct Dahl’s letter to his mother.

  10. Write a truthful letter home to Dahl’s mother. Write in a chatty, friendly style. Format letter correctly and include great details. (What is the difference between formal and informal letter writing?)

  11. What does the author suggest about the impact of writing letters home?

  12. Text-to-self:  Have you ever written a letter to someone?  Who was it to and what did you write about?

  13. Characterization: Write ¾ of a page on the matron. Include:

    1. her appearance c. things she says

    2. her actions d. what other people think of her

Include at least 4 quotes, one for each category.

  1. Why were the matron’s actions foreshadowing?

  2. What significance do the words ravenous, apprehensive, censored, and prowl have in pgs. 75-92?


Performance Task # 2

In Roald Dahl’s book, Tales of Childhood, we read about examples of corporal punishment that Dahl and his schoolmates received at the hands of headmasters and senior boys. Reflecting on this experience Dahl said “I couldn’t get over it. I have never gotten over it.” Explain how Roald Dahl’s experience with corporal punishment impacted his relationship with adults. Cite two specific details from the book to support your explanation.


In your response be sure to

  • Describe an example of corporal punishment from the reading

  • Explain how corporal punishment impacted Dahl’s relationship with adults

  • Support your ideas with two specific details from the text


Read 93 -122

  1. How does a child’s perspective of the truth differ from an adult’s view?

  2. In your own words, what best conveys the central idea within “Homesickness”?

  3. What is the great big whopper Nanny tells Dahl in “Homesickness”?

  4. Create your own diabolical tale of deceit and disease.Maybe you have Explodones Glandes or Sillyitis.

  5. Referring to the text, what caused Roald to nearly lose his nose?  What happened exactly?

  6. What kind of driving experience did Roald's ancient sister have (provide page number and quote)?  In your opinion, do you feel this is logical or illogical?  Give supportive reasoning.

  7. Finish writing the story “The Life of the Penny.”

  8. What evidence of friendship is demonstrated in this section?

  9. Compare Matilda extract with those descriptions of teachers such as Captain Hardcastle, found on page 108.

  10. Skim “Captain Hardcastle.” Identify reasons for the change in paragraphs. (TiP-ToP)

  11. What significance do the words Lurking, ruptured, rigid, competence, exalted, and injustice have in these pgs.?

  12. How many words can you make from these letters?

Captain Hardcastle e.g. cap, tin, lane

  • Then write as many words as you can make.

  • Prize for the person with the longest word and the person with the most words.



Read pages 123 – 132

Literary Terms:Dynamic characters, Internal and external conflict



  1. What evidence can we find to learn about Roald Dahl’s character?

  2. What are some challenges Dahl faced?

  3. Read “The Road not Taken.”

  4. What conflict did the poet have in this poem?

  5. What significance do the words conspiracy and virile have in these pgs.?

  6. Record biases and quotes found in in “Goat's Tobacco.”

  7. Create a  Bias Comic Book to portray a scene from “Goat's Tobacco.”

  8. What connections can you make between this book and other Roald Dahl books you have read?

  9. What was the your favorite part of this section?


Performance Task #3 In the book, Boy: Tales of Childhood we read about the many challenges faced by Roald Dahl and the ways in which he accepted the responsibility for the challenges he faced. Describe a challenge Dahl faced as a child and the way in which he accepted responsibility for this challenge. Be sure to cite two specific details from the book to support your explanation.
In your response be sure to

  • Explain a challenge Dahl faced

  • Explain how he accepted responsibility for this challenge

  • Support your ideas with two specific details from the text




  1. RAFT Activity

You will be taking on the role as the ancient half sister's manly lover.  Please write one page. Here are the options in which you may choose to write about.

 

All of these options will need to be in first Person.



 

Option 1


In a journal, you will take on the role as the manly lover and evaluate Roald's revenge.  You will need to provide the lover's perspective of the prank and cite textual evidence to support your reasoning.  Please use at least 3 quotes from the book.

 

Option 2



In a letter, you will take on the role as  the manly lover and write a letter of complaint to Roald's mother.  You will need to persuade her of the anger and disgust the lover felt of the childrens' prank and explain your reasoning.  Please use at least 3 quotes from the book.

 

Option 3



In a letter, you will take on the role as the manly lover and write a farewell letter to Roald's ancient half sister.  Within this farewell, you will need to explain to her why you are ending the engagement from the chapter.  Provide reasoning and use at least 3 quotes from the book.
Repton and Shell Read pages 135-153

Literary Terms: Fact, opinion



  1. Roald Dahl says: “I couldn’t get over it. I never have gotten over it.’ He was referring to the sadistic beatings he received at the hands of the prefects. Why does this impact who he is in general and how would this affect anyone? Write your opinion “how would you respond to being beaten as Dahl was?

  2. What significance do the words sadistic, immense, apprentice, eccentric, and connoisseurs have in these pgs.?

Read pages 154 – 165

Literary Terms:Dynamic characters



  1. How are people transformed through their experiences and relationships?

  2. How has Roald Dahl changed from the beginning of the book?

  3. What evidence can we find to learn about Roald Dahl’s character?

Read pages 166-176

  1. How can reading about the lives of others motivate or inspire you?

  2. Based on his experiences at St. Peter’s and Repton, what lesson did Dahl unwittingly learn?

  3. What is the significance of the title of the book?

  4. What was the your favorite part of this section?



Summative Task

1. Roald Dahl introduces his memoir, “Boy” saying, “Throughout my young days at school. And just afterwards, a number of things happened to me that I have never forgotten. None of these things are important, but each of them made such a tremendous impression on me that I have never been able to get them out of my mind. ” In approximately one page, describe how a childhood event inspired Roald Dahl to write another book. Be sure to include specific details from both books to support your ideas.

In your response be sure to


  • Describe a childhood event from Boy

  • Explain how that childhood event inspired Roald Dahl to write another book

  • Use evidence from both books to support your ideas

  • Assume your audience is familiar with Boy (do not summarize the plot)

2. Describe how Dahl’s use of dialogue, pacing, and description in Boy helps shape character development and elevate interest in the novel, using several pieces of textual evidence to support their claim.


3. Write a personal narrative developing a real or imagined experience or event in your life using effective technique, descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
4. Apply the unit essential questions to the novel.

  • · How do individuals survive in challenging environments?

  • · How do culture, time, and place influence the development of identity?

  • · How does reading different texts about the same topic build our understanding?

  • · How do writers use narrative techniques to convey characters’ perspectives?


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