Lord of the Flies Discussion Questions

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

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

A good set of discussions questions will help students to get the most out of ''Lord of the Flies''. Here are 24 discussion questions, two for each chapter of the book. These questions move beyond recall or understanding and require students to think on a higher level about the ideas of the book.

Chapter One

  • In this chapter, we are first introduced to the boys and their predicament. Categorize the boys into three groups and explain the criteria for each group.
  • Towards the end of the chapter Jack finds a small pig tangled in vines. What does the scene with the pig reveal about Jack's character? How does this scene foreshadow events later in the novel?

Chapter Two

  • The main conflict between characters really starts to develop in this chapter. Contrast the characters of Jack and Ralph.
  • Jack says, ''We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything.'' What does this statement reveal about Jack? Contrast this statement with Jack's speeches later in the novel.

Chapter Three

  • If Jack represents the animal side of human nature, and Ralph represents our tendency towards order and civilization, what does Simon represent?
  • One idea that the author explores in this chapter, and in others, is innocence. Who is innocent at this point in the novel? Who loses their innocence? What is the effect on the reader of the author's attention to innocence?

Chapter Four

  • In this chapter Jack's character comes across as increasingly dangerous and threatening, but is Jack actually evil? Support your idea with direct references to the text.
  • Roger destroys the sandcastles the 'littleuns' have built on the beach. Explain the symbolism of this moment and how it might foreshadow future events.

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