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'Lord of the Flies' Questions for Study and Discussion

William Golding's Famous & Controversial Novel

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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the Flies is a famous (and controversial) novel by William Golding. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

  • What is important about the title? Is there a reference in the novel that explains the title? Answer
  • What are the conflicts in Lord of the Flies? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional)?
  • How does William Golding reveal character in Lord of the Flies?
  • What are some themes in the story? Symbols? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
  • Are the boys consistent in their actions? Are they fully developed characters? Are some characters more fully developed than others? How? Why?
  • Do you find the characters in Lord of the Flies likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?
  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?
  • Why is the novel so controversial? Do you think the book should be censored or banned? Answer
  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?
  • What is the role of family and community in this novel?
  • Does the story end the way you expected? How? Why?
     
  • Would you recommend this novel to a friend? What are some similar titles? Must Reads
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