Lord of the Flies Chapter 2 Questions

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

Are you teaching 'Lord of the Flies?' If you need discussion questions broken down by chapter, here you go! These questions are further divided by thinking level according to Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.

Levels of Thinking

The questions presented here are organized according to the levels of thought in Bloom's Revised Taxonomy. Using this system helps teachers to be sure they've included higher order thinking in their questions.

Level 1 - Remember

  • The boys decide they should light a fire before going into the woods. The idea is that the smoke will act as a signal in case anyone is searching for them, but they don't have proper equipment for sparking a fire. How do they manage to get the fire started?
  • The boys manage to light the fire, which grows and spreads and creates a massive amount of smoke. In the chaos of this situation, who goes missing?
  • The youngest boys, the ones referred to as 'little'uns', are scared of something in the woods. What frightens them?

Level 2 - Understand

  • As the boys begin to organize themselves on the island, they start introducing rules into their self-created society. What are some examples of rules, either formal or informal ones, that they create?
  • After the boy with the birthmark on his face speaks up, the youngest boys on the island start acting scared. Explain the plan that Jack proposes to set the little'uns at ease.
  • How many boys are on the island? If you're unsure of the exact number, why are you unsure?

Level 3 - Apply

  • The title of this chapter is ''Fire on the Mountain.'' What is significant about the title?
  • If you were on the island, how would you explain the situation to the 'little'uns' in order to calm their fears?
  • Based on the events towards the end of the chapter, what do you predict has happened to the boy with the birthmark on his face?

Level 4 - Analyze

  • ''Here-let me go!...Mind out! Give 'em back! I can hardly see!'' This passage comes just before the boys light the fire. What does this moment reveal about Piggy's character? What does it reveal about Jack?
  • The mention of creatures in the woods sets up the possibility that there are supernatural forces on this island. Will this novel take a supernatural turn? Cite evidence from the book to support your point.
  • Contrast Ralph and Jack. What are the key differences between them?

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