Lord of the Flies Chapter 4 Questions

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

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

If you're using 'Lord of the Flies' in your classroom, then you're probably looking for discussion questions. This lesson contains 15 questions categorized by levels of thinking.

Levels of Thinking

Levels of thinking, as described by Bloom's Revised Taxonomy, is a way to break down the types of questions you ask your students. This helps teachers be more systematic in their questioning; many teacher evaluation instruments ask teachers to show evidence of the use of a system like this.

Level 1 - Remember

  • There are limited food choices for the boys on the island. What makes up most of their diet?
  • Which character is obsessed with killing a pig?
  • How do the hunters celebrate after finally coming back from a successful hunt?

Level 2 - Understand

  • When is the simplest, happiest time of day for the boys on the island? When is the most difficult time each day?
  • Why do the boys have stomach problems?
  • What do the hunters do to their appearance to set themselves apart?

Level 3 - Apply

  • Situational irony is when the actions in a situation have the opposite effect from what was intended. Explain the situational irony that happens when the signal fire goes out.
  • A central thematic conflict in this chapter is civilization versus savagery. What are some symbols of the savage side?
  • If the central conflict is between civilization and savagery, which two characters are most associated with the moral, orderly, civilized side? Which two characters are most associated with the animalistic, savage side?

Level 4 - Analyze

  • Roger and Maurice are headed to the shore for a swim when they spot the 'littluns' playing. ''Roger led the way straight through the castles, kicking them over, burying the flowers, scattering the chosen stones.'' What does this scene reveal about Roger's character? What might this scene foreshadow?
  • What is the significance of the title of the chapter, 'Painted Faces and Long Hair'?
  • How will Jack's success at bringing home meat from the hunt change the power dynamic among the boys?

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