ABC pages 133-198 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 133-198 FIRST NAMES AND LAST INITIALS FOR EVERY GROUP MEMBER

8-YOUR SECTION NUMBER ABC 133-198 EVERYONE’S FIRST NAMES AND LAST INITIALS

EXAMPLE: 8-1 ABC 133-198 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.

PLEASE DO NOT DIVIDE AND CONQUER! YOUR GOAL IS TO DISCUSS THESE QUESTIONS.

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 133-198. 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?
  • HINT: LOOK AT HOW MONKEY KING REFERS TO WONG LAI-TSAO (THE MONK).

2. Words of the Wiser — What are the words of the wiser in pages 133-198. First, list the words of the wiser statements WITH PAGE NUMBERS. Second, answer these questions:

  • What is Wong Lai-Tsao (the Monk) trying to teach the Monkey King?
  • How do the Monk’s words of the wiser reinforce what Tze-Yo-Tzuh has tried to teach the Monkey King?
  • What does the Monkey King learn? How does he seem to learn this lesson?
  • What does the herbalist’s wife try to teach Jin?
  • What does Jin learn? How does he seem to learn this lesson? How did Jin “forfeit his soul”?
  • How do these lessons establish the theme of the entire novel?

3. Again and again — Shoes and Hair. First, list all occurrences of when attention is called to shoes and/or hair in pages 133-198. Second, explain the symbolic significance of the shoes and hair. How is Jin’s hair similar to the Monkey King’s shoes? What, if anything, does the Monkey King learn from his shoes? What, if anything, does Jin learn from his hair?

4. Again and again — Mandarin vs. English. Look at what is said in Mandarin versus what is said in English in pages 133-198, particularly in the fight between Jin and Wei-Chen. Why do certain things get said in Mandarin? Why do certain things get said in English? How is this conversation and use of language similar/different to the first conversation Jin and Wei-Chen have way back when they first met in elementary school?

5. Again and again — Transformation. Where does transformation occur in 133-198? How does this transformation relate to what we’ve already seen in the novel?

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