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Summer Book Club G8-10

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Catcher in the Rye is full of themes and symbols. Choose one theme or symbol from the novel and explain its relevance to the novel. Also write about a scene that displays the theme you chose.


A Separate Peace by John Knowles

What was the most surprising thing about this novel to you? It could be a character's actions, the plot or even an idea the novel communicates. Why did this surprise you and what connection can you make to the real world?


A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

The ending of this play is open ended. What do you think happens at the end? Do you think the family made the right choice? Why or why not? Thoroughly explain your thoughts and ideas.


Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

1) What was the most confusing part of this story, why?

2) Some readers consider the final scene in which both Romeo and Juliet die to be triumphant. In addition to the families being reconciled, how is the final scene triumphant?


The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama

How did the ending of the story make you feel? Was it the ending you wanted?


A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

1) What is the important about the title?

2) What are some symbols in this book?


Lord of the Flies by William Golding

How is Ralph changed by his experiences on the island?

You should write about

* what he is like when the boys are first stranded on the island

* what he tries to do and how he responds to events and other characters

* what you think the writer wants Ralph to represent.

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