Lord of the Flies Chapter 8 Questions

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

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

'Gift for the Darkness' is Chapter 8 in Golding's novel Lord of the Flies. This lesson contains fifteen discussion questions that start with simple recall questions, and move to ones that require more complex thinking.

Levels of Thinking

To get to those powerful higher levels of thinking, it's usually necessary to start students with questions around what happened. These memory-based questions can be a stepping stone towards more analytic and evaluative thinking. The discussion topics in this lesson use Bloom's Revised Taxonomy to group the questions by level of thought.

Level 1 - Remember

  • Who uses the conch shell to call the boys to an assembly?
  • Ralph is troubled at the division among the boys. What does Piggy suggest to him that cheers him up?
  • What does Jack's tribe leave as an offering to the beast?

Level 2 - Understand

  • What events lead to the group of boys splitting into two distinct factions?
  • Explain how Jack's tribe tempts members of Ralph's tribe to join them.
  • Explain the sequence of events that leads to Simon collapsing in a faint at the end of the chapter.

Level 3 - Apply

  • What is significant about the title of this chapter, ''Gift for the Darkness?''
  • External conflicts, or problems between a character and an outside force, are often broken down into broad categories: person versus person, person versus nature, and person versus society. Give an example of each type of conflict using events from this chapter only.
  • Clarify - what does Simon hear the pig's head say to him? Why does he believe it's talking?

Level 4 - Analyze

  • If the society under Ralph's rule could be described as a democracy, what term would best apply to the tribe ruled by Jack? Support your ideas.
  • Internal conflicts are struggles that happen within the minds of characters. When a character struggles to make a decision, this is an internal conflict. Explain the internal conflict that Piggy has around the issue of the beast on the island.
  • When the boys in Jack's tribe kill the mother pig, they rub her blood over their faces. What does this scene represent? What has changed about these boys?

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