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English II: Lord of the Flies Mid-Novel Test Review
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Ralph's physical appearance
fair hair, about 12 years old
Piggy's physical appearance
overweight, wears glasses, asthmatic, not much hair
Jack's physical appearance
tall, thin, bony, red hair, freckles
Simon's physical appearance
short, small, skinny, pointed chin, bright eyes
Why is Ralph elected chief?
He blew the conch that led them all together, which gave him power in they other boys' eyes
What was the main purpose of lighting the fire on the mountain?
to signal passing ships
What was the first "beastie"?
a "snake thing"
What is the beast on the mountaintop?
A pig's head
What might the huts on the beach symbolize?
represent a sense of security and symbolize civility
What is a possible theme that applies to the first six chapters?
without proper socialization, the natural evils of people will become more apparent
What does Simon believe to be true about the beast?
That it isn't real and is actually the inherent evil inside each of them
What does Jack believe to be true about the beast?
Jack doesn't believe in the beast but he uses the boys' fear as a way to gain power
What does Piggy believe to be true about the beast?
Piggy does not believe in the beast and believes that the only thing the boys should fear is each other
What might painted faces symbolize?
The paint might symbolize the savage within boys
Why does Ralph refuse to blow the conch to reassemble when the meeting ends in chaos?
Ralph does not blow the conch because he knows his authority is tenuous; if he blows the conch and the hunters don't come back, it will confirm his loss of authority
"[The island] was roughly boatshaped: humped near this end with behind them the jumbled descent to the shore...The tide was running so that long streaks of foam tailed away from the reef and for a moment they felt that the boat was moving steadily astern." (pg.29)
narrator; Ralph and the boys are looking at the ocean; The boys had guessed before that they were on an island, but they were just now getting the opportunity to confirm their suspicion
"'I was going to. I was choosing a place. Next time-!' ...He snatched his knife out of the sheath and slammed it into a tree trunk. Next time there would be no mercy." (pg.31)
Jack and the narrator; Jack was going to kill a pig, but he hesitated; This quote signifies that a part of Jack is still an innocent twelve year old boy
"'After all, we're not savages. We're English and the English are the best at everything.'" (pg.42)
Jack; The boys are gathered in an area discussing the rules; This quote signifies the order and maturity of the boys and their attempts to keep order on the island
"The conch. I got a right to speak." (pg.45)
Piggy; Piggy is frightened by the large fire that has been set; This quote signifies the slow unraveling of order on the island and the rules are beginning to lose meaning
"Jack had to think for a moment before he could remember what rescue was. Rescue? 'Yes, of course! All the same, I'd like to catch a pig first-' He snatched up the spear and dashed it into the ground." (pg.53)
Jack and the narrator; Jack, Simon, and Ralph are talking near the beach; This quote shows that Jack is getting used to living on the island and is growing obsessed with the idea of killing a pig
"'I've been thinking about a clock. We could make a sundial.'" (pg.64)
Piggy; Piggy and Ralph are talking under a tree; This quote signifies Piggy's want to have something normal on the island as well as his hold on his life in modern civilization
"The horizon stretched, impersonal once more, barren of all but the faintest trace of smoke. Ralph ran stumbling along the rocks, saved himself on the edge of the pink cliff." (pg.68)
narrator; Ralph is running after a leaving ship; This quote signifies the fact that the ship is gone and symbolizes the boys home in being rescued drifted away with the smoke of the leaving ship
"'Aren't I having none?'" (pg.73)
Piggy; They are eating a pig that Jack killed; The answer to this question determines the kind of person Jack is. This moment is a chance for Jack to assert his power
"Maybe there is a beast...Maybe it's only us." (pg.89)
Simon; The boys are going through a storm while talking about the beast; This quote shows that Simon is addressing the changes in the boys out loud and saying that their animosity and savagery made them into the real beast(s)
"Ralph shuddered. The lagoon had protected them from the Pacific; and for some reason only Jack had gone right down to the water on the other side. Now he saw the landman's view of the swell and it seemed like the breathing of some stupendous creature. Slowly the waters sank among the rocks, revealing the pink tables of granite, strange growths of coral, polyp, and weed. Down, down, the waters went, whispering like the wind among the heads of the forest...Then the sleeping leviathan breathed out, the waters rose, the weed streamed, and the water boiled over the table rock with a roar. there was no sense of the passage of waves; only this minute-long fall and rise and fall." (pg.105)
narrator; Ralph is looking out at the ocean; this quote shows Ralph's way of thinking. The comparison of the wave to the beast signifies his fears
symbolism of the conch
symbolism of the knife
-a yearning for power
symbolism of the glasses
symbolism of the huts on the beach
-human kind's attempt to triumph over nature
-sense of security
symbolism of the painted faces
-loss of identity
-shedding of responsibility
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