11/6 English 2 Agenda

Today we had an in class Socratic Seminar.  Each student had a chance to be in the talking circle.  If they spoke once they got 3 points, twice 7 points, and thrice is 10 points.  Speaking must be more than simply agreeing or disagreeing.

  1. Where is Clarisse?
  2. What is Beatty’s relationship with books?
  3. What does the Dandelion symbolize? WHY
  4. Is Montag in love with Mildred? WHY
  5. Discuss the idea of conformity versus individuality in the novel.
  6. How does Mildred feel about Clarisse? WHY
  7. Describe Montag’s relationship with Clarisse.
  8. What does the mechanical hound represent? Why is it in the novel at all?
  9. Why do you think Bradbury chose The Bible as a big focus in the novel?
  10. Why does Montag continue to stay with Mildred?
  11. What would be good about living in Montag’s world? Bad? Would you want to?
  12. How does Montag change from the beginning of the novel to now?
  13. Why do you think Montag thinks Beatty wants to die?
  14. What do you think are the reasons the government bans books?
  15. Why is Montag willing to risk it all for books?
  16. Why is the mechanical hound after Montag?
  17. Who is the government at war with and why?
  18. Who turned in Montag for the books and why?
  19. Are we really free in this world, the novel and ours?
  20. What parallels do you see between the novel’s society and ours?
  21. Why start the book with the quote, “It was a pleasure to burn.”
  22. How does the question, “Are you happy?” change Montag?
  23. Why introduce us to Montag at this part of his life?
  24. Why does the government want to get rid of all books?
  25. Do most people in this society know what happiness is?
  26. Compare and contrast Mildred and Clarisse.
  27. If reading is illegal, then why do firemen get to read a book every so often?

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