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Lord of the Flies—Chap. 7 Reading Guide. Title: Shadows and Tall Trees



  1. What does Ralph notice about himself and the other boys?

He is reverting backwards; he is dirty and going back to younger times. The younger boys are too, looking less civilized.

  1. What does Simon tell Ralph?

You will get back to where you came from.

  1. With Jack in charge of the hunt, what does Ralph daydream about?

Living back at home with his mom and dad. When he was a kid and safe, before he was sent off to school.

  1. How does Ralph react when a boar comes charging down the path?

He was scared and he threw his stick at it, it stuck to the boar’s snout. Fright, apprehension, and pride.

  1. To what does Ralph’s demonstration of his hunting prowess (skill) lead?

They do a mock hunting kill with one of the kids (Robert) acting as the pig. This is to get the hunters excited.

  1. Why does Robert insist they need a real pig? Who does Jack suggest?

Because you want to kill it. Jack says to use a littleun.

  1. What does Ralph sense about Jack after Ralph asks he about the pig-run? What does this tell him about Jack?

Ralph now can sense that Jack hates him, whenever he tries to takes the lead away from Jack. This tells Ralph that Jack is dangerous.

  1. How does Jack challenge Ralph?

He is going up to mountain, he said to Ralph are you coming?

  1. What did the boys see on the mountain top? How did they react?

Jack, Ralph, & Roger saw a big ape looking like creature that is moving (because of the wind through the parachute). They are so frightened they run away.

  1. Why is the action of the story increasingly taking place in the near darkness or in the deep night when only the moon and star give light? It is more scary and it is a symbol and it is a sign of fear.

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  1. Why does Ralph believe they are beaten?

Because they cannot make a signal fire up on the mountain. The beast is up there.

  1. Although he is not able to get the boys to vote Ralph out of office as chief, Jack manages to overthrow Ralph’s authority anyway. How?

He left the group and many of the biguns followed him. This split the group in two.

  1. As Ralph considers the need to reassign fire-keepers, what does he realize?

There are not enough of big ones to watch the fire and do the work.

  1. Jack suggests a way to keep the beast happy. What is it?

He gave the beast the head of the pig on a sharp stick and stuck it in the ground.

  1. In Simon’s strange encounter with the Lord of the Flies, what does it tell him?

The head of the pig, it tells him to run back to the other boys.

  1. Who or what is the Lord of the Flies?

The head of the pig on a stake. Beelzebub (Lord of the Flies-Satan)

  1. Why does Ralph take his group to the platform? What problem is Ralph having at this meeting?

Ralph is holding another meeting to see who is left for biguns. Ralph was forgetting what to say, he remembered they needed fire but he could not remember why.

  1. What does Simon realize is happening to him? pg143

He realized that one of his mystic spells is coming on, he is having a vision where he can see things.

  1. What does the Lord of the Flies “tell” Simon they are going to do on the island? Pg 144

To have fun on the island.

  1. What will happen if Simon interferes?

If he dares to interfere something bad will happen to him.


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