Lord of the Flies Chapter 7 Questions

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

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

This lesson contains 15 discussion questions for ~'Lord of the Flies~', chapter 7. The questions begin with factual recall and build to higher order ones that require students to weigh both sides of a debate.

Levels of Thinking

To raise the level of thinking in your class, it's a good practice to start by identifying the level of thought in your discussion questions. These questions use Bloom's Revised Taxonomy to separate the different types of thought. You can start with questions about what happened (levels 1 and 2) and move towards questions about why the events happened (levels 3-5).

Level 1 - Remember

  • What do the boys find early in the chapter that leads them to hunt wild boar?
  • Explain how the boys reenact the hunt.
  • At the end of the chapter, describe what the boys see at the top of the mountain.

Level 2 - Understand

  • At the beginning of the chapter, both Simon and Ralph look out at the ocean surrounding the island. How does Ralph feel about their situation at this point? How does Simon feel?
  • When the boys play out the boar hunt, in what ways do they take things too far? Look at what they do and what they say.
  • By the end of the chapter, who is on the mountain and who is back with the 'littl'uns?'

Level 3 - Apply

  • After the hunt, when the boys reenact the exciting chase, is Robert in any real danger? Support your answer with direct references to the text.
  • Reread the description of the figure at the top of the mountain at the end of the chapter. Based on the evidence in the text, predict the real identity of the creature.
  • The title of the chapter is ''Shadows and Tall Trees.'' What is significant about the title in terms of the ideas of the novel?

Level 4 - Analyze

  • Why does Ralph agree to join the hunt? Explain all the factors that go into his decision.
  • Ralph worries about the sanitary conditions on the island. What does this say about his character? How does this worry fit in with the larger thematic conflict in the book, the struggle between civilization and savagery?
  • When Simon and Ralph stare at the ocean early in the chapter, Simon attempts to comfort Ralph by saying, ''You'll get back all right.'' Why doesn't he say ''We will get back all right?''

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