Lord of the Flies Study Guide Questions

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

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

This lesson offers a series of study guide questions that cover the main plot points, characters, setting, and the main ideas presented in ''The Lord of the Flies''. If you need a full novel study guide for your class, here it is!


These twelve questions, one for each chapter of the novel, address a major plot point in each chapter.

  1. The boys have been stranded on the island without adult supervision. How do they seek to establish order?
  2. What frightens some of the boys about the island?
  3. How do the boys plan to survive on this deserted island?
  4. Contrast the hunters with the rest of the boys.
  5. Two groups are starting to develop on the island. Compare Ralph's group with Jack's group.
  6. How do the boys handle the threat of a beast on the island?
  7. What happens when the boys reenact the board hunt?
  8. What is the 'Lord of the Flies,' and what role does it play in the book?
  9. How does Simon die?
  10. What do the hunters steal from the remaining members of Ralph's tribe?
  11. What events lead up to the death of Piggy?
  12. How are the boys rescued?


These questions will guide students to think about the main characters in the novel.

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