Presentation on theme: "The Pearl Response Journal"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Pearl Response Journal Chapters 1 & 2: Before ReadingAre people encouraged to express their anger or to swallow and forget it? What might be some positive aspects of voicing anger? Why and when might it be better to hide angry feelings? How could expressing anger be dangerous for someone?Chapter 1 & 2: After Reading1. What emotions and values are symbolized by Kino’s song of the family? How does the song of evil threaten those values? Which song seems to be more powerful? Give examples to support your opinion.2. Examine Kino’s reaction after the doctor’s servant shuts the gate on him. How are both his acceptance and rage revealed? What does the fact that Kino is amazed by his own reaction show about his personality?3. Historically, what has been the relationship between Kino’s people and the doctor’s people? What are their current attitudes toward one another as revealed by the interaction between Kino and the doctor?4. Examine Kino and Juana’s religious views. Are they pagans, Christians, or both? Explain.
2 Quick Write After chapter 2 Imagine you have won a lottery or suddenly inherited a fortune. What dreams would you try to make come true with the new-found wealth? What problems or even dangers might the fortune bring with it? What plans can you think of to prevent those problems from becoming serious?After chapter 2
3 The Pearl Response Journal Chapter 3: Before Reading quick write (see ppt.)What dreams do you imagine Kino would try to make come true if he were suddenly wealthy? How are your desires similar to Kino’s? How are they different?Chapter 3: After Reading1. How do the townsfolk react to the news of Kino’s pearl? What generalization about human nature can you draw from their reaction? Do you believe this generalization is true for the most part in real life? Why or why not?2. What are Kino’s dreams for using the pearl money? Do you think his dreams are foolish, grand, selfish, or sensible? Which dream is the most daring and would make the biggest change in his life? Explain your answers.3. Why does Kino hear the music of evil when the priest visits? What change is apparent in Kino after the priest leaves? How would you have reacted to the priest in Kino’s place?4. How do Kino’s and Juana’s attitudes about the doctor differ? How do they view the pearl differently? What do these differences indicate about their personalities and priorities?
4 The Pearl Response Journal Chapters 4 & 5: Before ReadingHow would you react if someone tried to cheat you? Would protesting be brave and wise if you knew the reaction might:- put your life in danger?- put loved ones at risk?- disrupt an entire communityChapters 4 & 5: After Reading1. Describe the personality of the first pearl buyer. What do his coin tricks reveal about him? How are his traits and treatment of Kino similar to the doctor’s?2. Examine the neighbors’ reaction to Kino’s refusal to sell the pearl. Which of their views do you support: that Kino is foolish and short-sighted to fight the system or that he is brave and right? Explain your answer.3. Steinbeck defines the nature of men and the nature of women (ch. 5). Given those definitions, explain why it is natural that Juana wants to get rid of the pearl and natural for Kino to fight to retain it.4. What practical and emotional impact does the destruction of Kino’s boat and house have on his family? What might be the reasoning that prompts such an attack?
5 The Pearl Response Journal Chapter 6: Before ReadingRecall a situation when you felt you were threatened by a person or a group. Was your fight urge or flight urge stronger? Did you try to conquer that urge? Did you give in to it? What would you do now in the same circumstances? Why?Chapter 6: After Reading1. Recall each of Kino’s dreams for the pearl money. How are all of those dreams corrupted or fulfilled in an ironic way by the final chapter?2. What strengths and weaknesses does Kino reveal in his flight and fight in the mountain? What are Juana’s strengths and weaknesses as seen in this chapter? How do Kino’s and Juana’s personalities balance each other?3. Explain how the setting in the final chapter reflects the predicament and mood of the characters.4. What advantages does Kino have in the final flight? What disadvantages confront him? How did you predict the fight would come out and why did you guess that?5. By the time Juana and Kino return to the village, they have changed so drastically that their neighbors are awestruck by them. What word best describes them after their change: gods, exiles, tragic heroes, saints, or ghosts? Explain.6. Why does Juana insist that Kino be the one to throw the pearl into the sea?