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1 Dystopian Literature All in all, we’re just another brick in the wall…

2 What is a Utopia? A place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions A place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions

3 What is a Dystopia? Futuristic, imagined universe Futuristic, imagined universe Oppressive societal control Oppressive societal control Perfect society is maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control Perfect society is maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control Dystopian literature criticizes current trends, norms, or political systems Dystopian literature criticizes current trends, norms, or political systems

4 Characteristics of Dystopian Society Propaganda is used to control citizens Propaganda is used to control citizens Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted Figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society Figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society Citizens are under constant surveillance and have a fear of the outside world Citizens are under constant surveillance and have a fear of the outside world Citizens live in a dehumanized state Citizens live in a dehumanized state

5 Characteristics of Dystopian Society The natural world is banished and distrusted The natural world is banished and distrusted Citizens conform to uniform expectations Citizens conform to uniform expectations Individuality and dissent are bad Individuality and dissent are bad Society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world Society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world

6 Types of Dystopian Controls Corporate control: Corporate control: One of more of the large corporations control society through products, advertising, and the media One of more of the large corporations control society through products, advertising, and the media

7 Bureaucratic Control Society is controlled by a mindless bureaucracy through a tangle of red tape, relentless regulations, and incompetent government officials Society is controlled by a mindless bureaucracy through a tangle of red tape, relentless regulations, and incompetent government officials

8 Technological Control Society is controlled by technology—through computers, robots, and/or scientific means Examples: The Matrix, The Terminator, and I, Robot

9 Philosophical/Religious Control Society is controlled by a philosophical or religious ideology often enforced through a dictatorship or theocratic government Society is controlled by a philosophical or religious ideology often enforced through a dictatorship or theocratic government

10 Dystopian Protagonist Often feels trapped and is struggling to escape Often feels trapped and is struggling to escape Questions the existing society and political systems Questions the existing society and political systems Believes or feels that something is terribly wrong with society in which he or she lives Believes or feels that something is terribly wrong with society in which he or she lives Helps the audience recognize the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her perspective Helps the audience recognize the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her perspective

11 Optional discussion questions 1. Why would an author choose to write a novel about a futuristic society with serious and sometimes dangerous faults? 2. What current trends, or ideas, exist in our world today that the author might be thinking of when writing this type of story? 3. What benefits do dystopian stories lend to you and your world?

12 Vocabulary for HOS Pg. 8...crucifix-A cross viewed as a symbol of Jesus's crucifixion Pg. 8...crucifix-A cross viewed as a symbol of Jesus's crucifixion Pg. 9...desolation-deprivation of companionship; loneliness Pg. 9...desolation-deprivation of companionship; loneliness Pg voluminous-of great volume, size, or extent Pg voluminous-of great volume, size, or extent Pg chupacabra-a purported creature resembling a gargoyle, said to exist in parts of Mexico and on Puerto Rico; also called Jersey Devil Pg chupacabra-a purported creature resembling a gargoyle, said to exist in parts of Mexico and on Puerto Rico; also called Jersey Devil Pg.21...upholstered-to furnish Pg.21...upholstered-to furnish Pg grillwork-material so formed as to function as or to have the appearance of a grille Pg grillwork-material so formed as to function as or to have the appearance of a grille Pg tetanus-an infectious, often fatal disease caused by a specific bacterium that enters the body through wounds Pg tetanus-an infectious, often fatal disease caused by a specific bacterium that enters the body through wounds Pg feverishly-excited, restless, or uncontrolled, as if from fever Pg feverishly-excited, restless, or uncontrolled, as if from fever Pg senile-Of, relating to, or characteristic of old age Pg senile-Of, relating to, or characteristic of old age Pg disconsolately-without consolation or solace; hopelessly unhappy; inconsolable Pg disconsolately-without consolation or solace; hopelessly unhappy; inconsolable Pg instinctively-prompted by or resulting from or as if from instinct Pg instinctively-prompted by or resulting from or as if from instinct Pg opium-a narcotic substance, poisonous in large doses; a drug Pg opium-a narcotic substance, poisonous in large doses; a drug Pg pustule-a small swelling similar to a blister or pimple Pg pustule-a small swelling similar to a blister or pimple Pg lavishly-to expend or give in great amounts or without limit Pg lavishly-to expend or give in great amounts or without limit Pg listless-lacking energy or disinclined to exert effort Pg listless-lacking energy or disinclined to exert effort Pg domain-the territory governed by a single ruler or government Pg domain-the territory governed by a single ruler or government Pg entranced-to fill with delight or wonder Pg entranced-to fill with delight or wonder Pg furtively-surreptitiously or by stealth Pg furtively-surreptitiously or by stealth Pg deteriorated-to make or become worse or inferior in character Pg deteriorated-to make or become worse or inferior in character Pg mulish-of or like a mule, as being very stubborn, obstinate, or intractable Pg mulish-of or like a mule, as being very stubborn, obstinate, or intractable Pg agonized-to suffer extreme pain or anguish Pg agonized-to suffer extreme pain or anguish Pg laudanum-a tincture of opium, formerly used as a drug Pg laudanum-a tincture of opium, formerly used as a drug

13 Vocabulary for HOS Pg impulse-the influence of a particular feeling Pg impulse-the influence of a particular feeling Pg paranoid-of, like, or suffering from paranoia Pg paranoid-of, like, or suffering from paranoia Pg abomination-anything greatly disliked or abhorred Pg abomination-anything greatly disliked or abhorred Pg hostile-not friendly, warm, or generous Pg hostile-not friendly, warm, or generous Pg gnarled-having a rugged, weather-beaten appearance Pg gnarled-having a rugged, weather-beaten appearance Pg vanity-excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements, etc. Pg vanity-excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements, etc. Pg erected-upright in position or posture Pg erected-upright in position or posture Pg toadstool-a poisonous mushroom, as distinguished from an edible one Pg toadstool-a poisonous mushroom, as distinguished from an edible one Pg mercenary-working or acting merely for money or other reward Pg mercenary-working or acting merely for money or other reward Pg convent-the building or buildings occupied by such a society; a monastery or nunnery Pg convent-the building or buildings occupied by such a society; a monastery or nunnery Pg plumes-a vertically or longitudinally moving, rising, or expanding fluid body, as of smoke or water Pg plumes-a vertically or longitudinally moving, rising, or expanding fluid body, as of smoke or water Pg emblem-an object or its representation, symbolizing a quality, state, class of persons Pg emblem-an object or its representation, symbolizing a quality, state, class of persons Pg quota-a proportional part or share of a fixed total amount or quantity Pg quota-a proportional part or share of a fixed total amount or quantity Pg aristocrat-A member of a ruling class or of the nobility Pg aristocrat-A member of a ruling class or of the nobility Pg wisecrack-a smart or facetious remark Pg wisecrack-a smart or facetious remark Pg lackey-a footman or liveried manservant Pg lackey-a footman or liveried manservant Pg fragment-a part broken off or detached Pg fragment-a part broken off or detached Pg electrolytes-any substance that dissociates into ions when dissolved in a suitable medium or melted and thus forms a conductor of electricity Pg electrolytes-any substance that dissociates into ions when dissolved in a suitable medium or melted and thus forms a conductor of electricity

14 Chapters 1-5: Discussion Questions 1. What did Lisa, a senior technician; prevent Eduardo from doing to the newborn child? 1. What did Lisa, a senior technician; prevent Eduardo from doing to the newborn child? 2. What did Matt do each day while Celia was away at work? 2. What did Matt do each day while Celia was away at work? 3. Where did Celia go to work each day? 3. Where did Celia go to work each day? 4. What unexpected surprise happened on a day as he was watching television soap operas? 4. What unexpected surprise happened on a day as he was watching television soap operas? 5. Whose clone was Matt? 5. Whose clone was Matt? 6. Why couldn’t Matt simply go outside and play with the children? 6. Why couldn’t Matt simply go outside and play with the children? 7. What caused Matt to smash out a window and then leap outside onto broken glass? 7. What caused Matt to smash out a window and then leap outside onto broken glass? 8. What happened to Matt when he leaped to the ground? 8. What happened to Matt when he leaped to the ground?

15 Chapters 1-5 Discussion Questions (cont.) 9. Where did Steven, Emilia, and Maria decide to carry Matt in order to care for him? 9. Where did Steven, Emilia, and Maria decide to carry Matt in order to care for him? 10. Who insisted that Matt be brought inside for medical attention after Mr. Alacran threw him out? Why did he insist? 10. Who insisted that Matt be brought inside for medical attention after Mr. Alacran threw him out? Why did he insist? 11. What words were inscribed on the bottom of Matt’s foot? How did people react? 11. What words were inscribed on the bottom of Matt’s foot? How did people react? 12. Where was Matt taken after the tattoo on his foot was revealed? 12. Where was Matt taken after the tattoo on his foot was revealed? 13. List two people who stopped by Matt’s window and promised to help set him free. 13. List two people who stopped by Matt’s window and promised to help set him free. 14. Angry at having to take care of Matt, how did Rosa treat the boy? 14. Angry at having to take care of Matt, how did Rosa treat the boy? 15. Describe the relationship between the doctor and Rosa. 15. Describe the relationship between the doctor and Rosa. 16. How many years passed between Chapters 1 and 2? 16. How many years passed between Chapters 1 and 2? 17. Who secretly visited Matt? What did she bring him? 17. Who secretly visited Matt? What did she bring him? 18. What did Matt do to fight off the dullness that could overtake him? 18. What did Matt do to fight off the dullness that could overtake him?

16 Symbolism: What does it all mean? Using symbols to represent an idea Using symbols to represent an idea –“Tell-Tale Heart”: beating of the heart symbolizes his conscience –“Blaze of Glory”: ‘what Cain was to Abel’— symbolizes that he is a murderer

17 The Names by: Billy Collins Uses symbolism to express the grief and emotion at the enormity of the event Uses symbolism to express the grief and emotion at the enormity of the event 2893 people killed at all three sites 2893 people killed at all three sites Billy Collins reads Billy Collins reads “The Names” “The Names”“The Names”“The Names”

18 Symbolism in The Names (Weeping) Willows: symbol of death, tears, mourning, and reflection (Weeping) Willows: symbol of death, tears, mourning, and reflection Ash trees: sacrifice, sensitivity, higher awareness Ash trees: sacrifice, sensitivity, higher awareness Maple tree: balance, promise Maple tree: balance, promise Twenty-six willows: represents the 26 letters of the alphabet Twenty-six willows: represents the 26 letters of the alphabet Names rising in the updraft (smoke from the collapse) Names rising in the updraft (smoke from the collapse) Name under a photograph: refers to the “Have you seen my husband/sister/father?” posters Name under a photograph: refers to the “Have you seen my husband/sister/father?” posters Blue name needled into the skin: refers to memorial tattoos Blue name needled into the skin: refers to memorial tattoos

19 Comprehension Questions Chapter What unexpected treatment did Rosa give Matt at the beginning of Chapter 6? 1. What unexpected treatment did Rosa give Matt at the beginning of Chapter 6? 2. Who was Matt being prepared to meet? 2. Who was Matt being prepared to meet? 3. According to El Patron’s orders, how was everyone in the Big House to treat Matt? 3. According to El Patron’s orders, how was everyone in the Big House to treat Matt? 4. How old was El Patron? 4. How old was El Patron? 5. After examining Matt, what health report did the doctor give El Patron concerning his clone? 5. After examining Matt, what health report did the doctor give El Patron concerning his clone? 6. Who did Matt choose to be his personal bodyguard? Why? 6. Who did Matt choose to be his personal bodyguard? Why? 7. What health problem did Matt display at the beginning of chapter 7? 7. What health problem did Matt display at the beginning of chapter 7? 8. What breakthrough happened after six days of home schooling with Teacher? 8. What breakthrough happened after six days of home schooling with Teacher? 9. What is an eejit? 9. What is an eejit?

20 Comprehension Questions: Chapter 6-10 (cont.) 10. How was Matt’s education conducted after Teacher was dismissed? 10. How was Matt’s education conducted after Teacher was dismissed? 11. Who besides Matt found Tom to be “an unnatural little weevil”? Why? 11. Who besides Matt found Tom to be “an unnatural little weevil”? Why? 12. How did Tam Lin help Matt celebrate his breakthrough? 12. How did Tam Lin help Matt celebrate his breakthrough? 13. List two reasons why Tam Lin took Matt on a picnic to the secret oasis. 13. List two reasons why Tam Lin took Matt on a picnic to the secret oasis. 14. What did Matt learn about the horses Tam Lin and he rode to the picnic area? 14. What did Matt learn about the horses Tam Lin and he rode to the picnic area? 15. Who was Furball? 15. Who was Furball? 16. Who was Felicia? 16. Who was Felicia? 17. Why did Matt like to hide behind the potted plants in the music room each afternoon? 17. Why did Matt like to hide behind the potted plants in the music room each afternoon? 18. What discovery did Matt make on day while hiding inside a closet off the music room? 18. What discovery did Matt make on day while hiding inside a closet off the music room? 19. What part of the day was the music room available for Matt to use? 19. What part of the day was the music room available for Matt to use? 20. Why did Tam Lin secure the services of Mr. Ortega, a deaf man? Why was he considered desperate? 20. Why did Tam Lin secure the services of Mr. Ortega, a deaf man? Why was he considered desperate? 21. What birthday did el Patron celebrate in Chapter 10? 21. What birthday did el Patron celebrate in Chapter 10?

21 EQ: What happens when two texts provide conflicting viewpoints? Cloning debate: See article on grid Cloning debate: See article on grid Rules for debate: Attached on grid Rules for debate: Attached on grid Assessment— Assessment— After researching a current topic (such as cloning), students will determine their opinion on an issue an find evidence and examples from both the extended text example as well as the articles read to build support of their claim. Students should analyze the counter- argument and address the opposing viewpoint as well as prove it wrong within their letter. Letters should also include a call to action (cast a certain vote; petition a governing body)

22 EQ: How do author’s foreshadow upcoming events in a text? Twilight Zone: Eye of the Beholder (example: can be found on Amazon.com) Sixth Sense: Foreshadowing 101 Sixth Sense: Foreshadowing 101 Scary Mary: Could be used to differentiate how trailers can foreshadow Scary Mary: Could be used to differentiate how trailers can foreshadow

23 Comprehension Questions: Chapter What did Tom show the kids at the hospital? 1. What did Tom show the kids at the hospital? 2. What made Matt different from other clones? 2. What made Matt different from other clones? 3. What was Matt’s purpose when he kidnapped Maria’s dog? 3. What was Matt’s purpose when he kidnapped Maria’s dog? 4. Why did El Patron banish Tom to a year-round boarding school with no holidays? 4. Why did El Patron banish Tom to a year-round boarding school with no holidays? 5. What did Matt do with Tom’s place card after he found it near his at the head table? 5. What did Matt do with Tom’s place card after he found it near his at the head table? 6. Who had set Felicia up to deliver the message? 6. Who had set Felicia up to deliver the message? 7. Matt observed that the clone in the hospital resembled whom? 7. Matt observed that the clone in the hospital resembled whom? 8. Describe laudanum and its effects. 8. Describe laudanum and its effects. 9. What did Matt request from Maria at El Patron’s birthday party? 9. What did Matt request from Maria at El Patron’s birthday party? 10. List two unexpected effects of Matt’s kidnapping attempt. 10. List two unexpected effects of Matt’s kidnapping attempt.

24 Comprehension Questions: Chapter What did Celia have in common with El Patron? 11. What did Celia have in common with El Patron? 12. Who joined Matt and Maria at the hospital? 12. Who joined Matt and Maria at the hospital? 13. What was El Patron’s attitude towards birthday gifts? 13. What was El Patron’s attitude towards birthday gifts? 14. According to Celia, what happened to all clones at birth? 14. According to Celia, what happened to all clones at birth? 15. What unexpected message did Felicia deliver to Matt one day after the party? 15. What unexpected message did Felicia deliver to Matt one day after the party? 16. Who was Maria’s father? 16. Who was Maria’s father? 17. What did Celia tell Matt about Tom’s parents? 17. What did Celia tell Matt about Tom’s parents? 18. Why did Matt steal a small bottle of Felicia’s laudanum? 18. Why did Matt steal a small bottle of Felicia’s laudanum? 19. What evidence pointed to Matt as the one who’d killed Maria’s dog? 19. What evidence pointed to Matt as the one who’d killed Maria’s dog? 20. What special skill led Celia to belong to El Patron? 20. What special skill led Celia to belong to El Patron? 21. Where did Matt find bottles of laudanum? 21. Where did Matt find bottles of laudanum?

25 EQ: What different techniques do authors use to reveal character motives? What the character says What the character says What the character does What the character does What others say about the character What others say about the character How others treat the character How others treat the character Comparisons to other characters Comparisons to other characters Cite text: Students should choose adjectives to describe the characters and then cite textual evidence to prove the trait.

26 EQ: How do authors use allusions to strengthen their writing? Mini-lesson: Mini-lesson: Discuss the types of allusions that authors might use in their writing: –Literary –Historical –Religious –Cultural

27 Comprehension Questions: Chapters Chapters Chapters Who wrote A History of Opium, one of the books Tam Lin had left Matt in the metal chest? 1. Who wrote A History of Opium, one of the books Tam Lin had left Matt in the metal chest? 2. Where did Senator Mendoza send Maria and Emilia to live, soon after Furball was killed? 2. Where did Senator Mendoza send Maria and Emilia to live, soon after Furball was killed? 3. What crime did Maria and Matt overhear Felicia admit to while hiding in the secret passageway? 3. What crime did Maria and Matt overhear Felicia admit to while hiding in the secret passageway? 4. How did Matt manage to get back to the Big House from the waste treatment plant? 4. How did Matt manage to get back to the Big House from the waste treatment plant? 5. Where did Matt take Maria as the two fled El Viejo’s funeral? 5. Where did Matt take Maria as the two fled El Viejo’s funeral? 6. Where was the country of Opium and who ruled it? 6. Where was the country of Opium and who ruled it? 7. Why was Matt pulled out of bed in the middle of the night and then rushed to the hospital with Celia? 7. Why was Matt pulled out of bed in the middle of the night and then rushed to the hospital with Celia? 8. List two couples Matt noticed holding hands at El Viejo’s funeral. 8. List two couples Matt noticed holding hands at El Viejo’s funeral. 9. Why did El Patron acquire and use such men as Tam Lin, Ralf, Hugh, and Wee Willie, to use Farm Patrol workers? 9. Why did El Patron acquire and use such men as Tam Lin, Ralf, Hugh, and Wee Willie, to use Farm Patrol workers?

28 Comprehension Questions: Chapters How was El Viejo related to El Patron? 10. How was El Viejo related to El Patron? 11. What was the priest’s reaction when Matt filed past El Viejo to pay his last respects? 11. What was the priest’s reaction when Matt filed past El Viejo to pay his last respects? 12. As Matt set out for a horse ride, what was the first thing he searched for? 12. As Matt set out for a horse ride, what was the first thing he searched for? 13. What is a Safe Horse? 13. What is a Safe Horse? 14. What happened to Matt’s safe Horse when he set out to investigate the wastelands in the north? 14. What happened to Matt’s safe Horse when he set out to investigate the wastelands in the north? 15. Who defended Matt’s presence at El Viejo’s funeral? 15. Who defended Matt’s presence at El Viejo’s funeral? 16. What crime had Tam Lin committed? 16. What crime had Tam Lin committed? 17. What pleasant surprise did Matt discover in the secret oasis? 17. What pleasant surprise did Matt discover in the secret oasis? 18. How did Matt’s story of St. Francis, who gave stuff away to the poor, affect El Patron? 18. How did Matt’s story of St. Francis, who gave stuff away to the poor, affect El Patron? 19. What was the main crop of Opium and where was it marketed? 19. What was the main crop of Opium and where was it marketed? 20. Who passed away while Matt was enjoying a brief horse ride to the oasis? 20. Who passed away while Matt was enjoying a brief horse ride to the oasis?

29 Comprehension Questions: Chapters How did Matt manage to view Steven and Emilia’s wedding, even though he was forbidden to attend? How did Matt manage to view Steven and Emilia’s wedding, even though he was forbidden to attend? Who came to the secret passage to warn Matt his life was in danger? Who came to the secret passage to warn Matt his life was in danger? What was Maria’s plan to help Matt escape? What was Maria’s plan to help Matt escape? How old was Matt at the end of Chapter 19? How old was Matt at the end of Chapter 19? Why was Matt able to escape using El Patron’s secret passage, which opened only if the old man’s hand pressed against the “red scorpion”? Why was Matt able to escape using El Patron’s secret passage, which opened only if the old man’s hand pressed against the “red scorpion”? Lying in bed after his party, what horrible reality did Matt begin to understand? Lying in bed after his party, what horrible reality did Matt begin to understand? Where did the secret passage from El Patron’s room lead? Where did the secret passage from El Patron’s room lead? How did the long swim at the oasis seem to affect Matt at night? How did the long swim at the oasis seem to affect Matt at night? As Matt sat at El Patron’s side, what did he notice about the old man’s mind? As Matt sat at El Patron’s side, what did he notice about the old man’s mind? What catastrophe happened at the very end of the wedding? What catastrophe happened at the very end of the wedding? Who has already on the hovercraft when Maria and Matt climbed aboard? Who has already on the hovercraft when Maria and Matt climbed aboard?

30 Comprehension Questions: Chapters When Matt returned to the secret oasis, what information did he read and learn about Maria’s mother, Esperanza Mendoza? When Matt returned to the secret oasis, what information did he read and learn about Maria’s mother, Esperanza Mendoza? Why had El Patron arranged a forced marriage between Benito and Fani, the daughter of the Nigerian president? Why had El Patron arranged a forced marriage between Benito and Fani, the daughter of the Nigerian president? What happened if a wrong person touched the red scorpion to open the wall for the secret escape route? What happened if a wrong person touched the red scorpion to open the wall for the secret escape route? How did Celia and Tam Lin help Matt celebrate his growth into manhood? How did Celia and Tam Lin help Matt celebrate his growth into manhood? How did Emilia and Maria arrive for Emilia’s wedding? How did Emilia and Maria arrive for Emilia’s wedding? How had Celia recently changed her garden? How had Celia recently changed her garden? Hiding in the closet off the music room, who did Maria tell Matt she was going to marry? Hiding in the closet off the music room, who did Maria tell Matt she was going to marry? What happened one day as Matt played his guitar and sang a Spanish ballad for El Patron? What happened one day as Matt played his guitar and sang a Spanish ballad for El Patron?

31 Comprehension Questions: Chapters How did Tam Lin protect Celia from becoming an eejit?. How did Tam Lin protect Celia from becoming an eejit? 2. Why did Matt recognize the hospital room he was taken to? 2. Why did Matt recognize the hospital room he was taken to? 3. Where did Tam Lin actually take Matt’s duct-taped body? 3. Where did Tam Lin actually take Matt’s duct-taped body? 4. After working his way through a canyon with dense bushes, what new obstacle did 4. After working his way through a canyon with dense bushes, what new obstacle did Matt encounter? Matt encounter? 5. What awoke Matt just before dawn on the morning of his escape to Aztlán? 5. What awoke Matt just before dawn on the morning of his escape to Aztlán? 6. After telling Matt his service was no longer needed, what order did Mr. Alacrán give 6. After telling Matt his service was no longer needed, what order did Mr. Alacrán give Tam Lin? Tam Lin? 7. What situation gave Matt an opportunity to escape past the Farm Patrol and reach the 7. What situation gave Matt an opportunity to escape past the Farm Patrol and reach the border safely? border safely? 8. Why was Matt’s destination going to be San Luis? 8. Why was Matt’s destination going to be San Luis? 9. Why didn’t Tam Lin help Celia escape with Matt? 9. Why didn’t Tam Lin help Celia escape with Matt? 10. What two substances did Celia secretly feed Matt so that his heart would not be a 10. What two substances did Celia secretly feed Matt so that his heart would not be a healthy transplant for El Patrón? healthy transplant for El Patrón? 11. Why was Matt told to get to the border the very next day? 11. Why was Matt told to get to the border the very next day? 12. As Matt neared the border, what problem did he observe through his binoculars? 12. As Matt neared the border, what problem did he observe through his binoculars? 13. After testing Matt’s blood and urine, what did the doctor report? 13. After testing Matt’s blood and urine, what did the doctor report? 14. According to Tam Lin, why was Matt going to find Aztlán a confusing place? 14. According to Tam Lin, why was Matt going to find Aztlán a confusing place? 15. Where did Tam Lin announce he’d dispose of Matt after being dismissed by Mr. 15. Where did Tam Lin announce he’d dispose of Matt after being dismissed by Mr. Alacrán? Alacrán? 16. How did Matt learn the route to Aztlán’s border? 16. How did Matt learn the route to Aztlán’s border? 17. How many miles did Matt travel before reaching the Aztlán border? 17. How many miles did Matt travel before reaching the Aztlán border? 18. How was Matt able to escape the Farm Patroller who grabbed him by his backpack? 18. How was Matt able to escape the Farm Patroller who grabbed him by his backpack? 19. What story was Matt to tell the Aztlános when he reached their border? 19. What story was Matt to tell the Aztlános when he reached their border? 20. In what way did Tam Lin note that Matt was different than the seven clones before 20. In what way did Tam Lin note that Matt was different than the seven clones before him? him?

32 Comprehension Questions: Chapters What two substances did Celia secretly feed Matt so that his heart would not be a 10. What two substances did Celia secretly feed Matt so that his heart would not be a healthy transplant for El Patrón? healthy transplant for El Patrón? 11. Why was Matt told to get to the border the very next day? 11. Why was Matt told to get to the border the very next day? 12. As Matt neared the border, what problem did he observe through his binoculars? 12. As Matt neared the border, what problem did he observe through his binoculars? 13. After testing Matt’s blood and urine, what did the doctor report? 13. After testing Matt’s blood and urine, what did the doctor report? 14. According to Tam Lin, why was Matt going to find Aztlán a confusing place? 14. According to Tam Lin, why was Matt going to find Aztlán a confusing place? 15. Where did Tam Lin announce he’d dispose of Matt after being dismissed by Mr. 15. Where did Tam Lin announce he’d dispose of Matt after being dismissed by Mr. Alacrán? Alacrán? 16. How did Matt learn the route to Aztlán’s border? 16. How did Matt learn the route to Aztlán’s border? 17. How many miles did Matt travel before reaching the Aztlán border? 17. How many miles did Matt travel before reaching the Aztlán border? 18. How was Matt able to escape the Farm Patroller who grabbed him by his backpack? 18. How was Matt able to escape the Farm Patroller who grabbed him by his backpack? 19. What story was Matt to tell the Aztlános when he reached their border? 19. What story was Matt to tell the Aztlános when he reached their border? 20. In what way did Tam Lin note that Matt was different than the seven clones before him? 20. In what way did Tam Lin note that Matt was different than the seven clones before him?

33 EQ: What’s in a name? Discuss meaning of common names Discuss meaning of common names Choose a character in the book—discuss the character’s name and whether the name is symbolic Choose a character in the book—discuss the character’s name and whether the name is symbolic

34 Finish reading House of Scorpion Students will finish reading chapters Students will finish reading chapters 27-38


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