ABC pages 55-84 Discussion Questions

Please discuss the following in groups of no more than three. Create a GoogleDoc together to compose your responses. Share the GoogleDoc with me: lbarthwalczak@ga.usmk12.org — make sure you add the “ga”!

NAME YOUR GOOGLEDOC: 8-# ABC 55-84 FIRST NAMES AND LAST INITIALS FOR EVERY GROUP MEMBER

8-YOUR SECTION NUMBER ABC 55-84 EVERYONE’S FIRST NAMES AND LAST INITIALS

EXAMPLE: 8-1 ABC 55-84 LILY R, CAMRYN B, LIAM C

Please take your time and answer the questions thoughtfully and thoroughly. Demonstrate your EIGHTH GRADE LEVEL critical thinking, discussion, and writing skills. No seventh grade level work here. Step it up to eighth grade level.

1. Again and again — Names, saying “I am” or “I am not,” saying “you are” or “you are not” — these things come up again and again in pages 55-84. First, list all of the occurrences of names, I am/not, you are/not WITH PAGE NUMBERS. Second, answer these questions:

  • Why are names and saying one is or is not something significant? What is the symbolic or metaphorical significance of such things?
  • Why keep bringing these things up again and again? What is the meaning?
  • NOTE: On page 76, MK has written “The Great Sage, Equal of Heaven was here” on the golden pillar. On page 84, the seal that keeps MK from practicing kung-fu reads “Tze-Yo-Tzuh”; the seal is TYT’s name.

2. Words of the Wiser — What are the words of the wiser in pages 55-84. First, list the words of the wiser statements WITH PAGE NUMBERS. Second, answer these questions:

  • What is Tze-Yo-Tzuh trying to teach the Monkey King?
  • How do these lessons establish the theme of the entire novel?

3. Again and again — Shoes. First, list all occurrences of shoes in pages 1-84 (all we’ve read in class so far). Second, explain the symbolic significance of the shoes. What’s up with the shoes?

On the board, we’ll share what we think are the most significant moments with names and the most important words of the wiser (with page numbers!).

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