Questions About Literature
about how babies learn.
they put things in their mouths and decide if it's bad or good, icky or
yummy. They learn words by imitating the sounds they hear. When we ask
them questions, they "answer" us: "Where's your
nose?" They point. Then, they start all the questions. Why? Why?
Why? Even as babies we want to know why? How?
WE BEGIN OUR LIVES WITH QUESTIONS.
are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves
as fiercely as if they had never happened before."
Reader Response Questions
Some of these questions
You Gotta Be the Book by Jeffrey Wilhelm
you must use one of these questions as a foundation for forming your
own opinion about your novel. This opinion (your thesis) needs proof.
Show us why and how what you say is true by giving solid evidence
from the book (prove your point).
- What is happening
in your book right now and what do you imagine will happen next?
Why do you think so? (Note: A two sentence summary to set the background
is all that you need for this prompt. From then on, you should be
arguing your thesis, proving your opinion about what will happen
next. If you are writing 200 words just telling what's happening,
that's a summary).
- How is the character
like anyone you know or even like you?
- What information
did the author leave out? What's happening behind the words or scenes?
How did you make things more complete?
- What other works
have you read that are similar in some way to this one? What sticks
out as the most important connection between the two?
- Which of your friends
should read this book? What do you think he or she would like about
- Was there anything
you didn't understand in this book? What was it and why didn't you
understand it? What would help you make more sense of it?
- What idea was the
author trying to explore in this work? How important is that idea?
- Who was telling
the story? Does it make a difference? What if someone else were
- Do you agree with
how the author sees the world? In what ways?
- How do you feel
about the way the story was told? Is there anything you enjoyed
or were irritated with about the way the book is written?
- What do you feel
is the most significant passage/word/event from the book? Why?
- Was the fictional
world of your book realistic or easy to relate to? If not, what
changes would you make in setting, plot, or character to make the
book fit your ideas about life and the world.
- Would your mom or
dad like this book? Why or why not? Give specific reasons, citing
events, characters' actions, themes, etc. from the book to support
- Is there an object
or place in your book that stands for something else? If so, that
is a symbol. Why is that symbol important?
- Dramatic irony is
when you know something a character doesn't know. What do you know
that a character does not?