Which of the St. Benedict boys would you have enjoyed knowing? Why?
Which of the St. Benedict boys would you have avoided with the plague? Why?
Did you believe the story Sedgewick told Mr. Hundert about his Dad’s dying day?
Mr. Hundert describes Sedgewick’s influence as “hypnotic”. What does he mean?
Should Mr. Hundert have changed Sedgewick’s essay score to beat out Martin’s? Why or why not?
Although Mr. Hundert is an experienced and exceptional teacher, he faces the most difficult challenge of his entire teaching career. Why is he so shaken and then altered by this experience?
Why does Mr. Hundert return to teaching?
Why does Martin Blythe go along with Mehta, Massoudi, and Bell on their escapades?
What if Bell had come into our Pre-AP English 10 class after Thanksgiving? Would he have disrupted our class? Would you have succumbed and laughed along with Bell as he would have tried to intimidate me?
Would you enjoy an all boys’ or all girls’ exclusive preparatory school?
Would you receive a better education there than CHS or perhaps a Vancouver high school?
Twenty-five years later, Mr. Hundert is asked to participate in a rematch of the Mr. Julius Caesar Contest. Although Mr. Hundert is retired, he chooses to host the contest. Why does he do this? What does he hope for? How is his hope both squashed and then renewed?
What do you think the grown Bell said to his son when he when after the boy? How would he manipulate or explain what the boy heard in the bathroom between himself and Hundert?
Do think the boy would tell his Mom?
Do you remember a time when you were a kid and lost your innocence about someone you respected and they let you down?
Do you think Bell will face a mirror someday and realize the lack of integrity and life lived without virtue? This is what Hundert predicts.