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1 The Gospel According to Larry Questions to ponder……

2 Possessions In his quest to be anti materialistic, Josh has just 75 possessions (including his shirts, shoes, keys, books, CDs, underwear, etc.) Do you think you could limit the things you own to 75 items? What are the top 25 things you own?

3 After you list your possessions, complete the following prompt: – Paragraph 1: Why did you choose those 25 possessions? What makes them so important? – Paragraph 2: After analyzing your possessions, did you find yourself to be too materialistic? Did you choose only name brands? What can you do to change?

4 Quote Interpretation Josh states, Ive only wanted one thing in my life – to contribute, to help make the world a better place… not with technology, but with ideas. Is Josh true to his vision?

5 Larrys Manipulation Is the way Josh/Larry manipulates his followers any different from the way the media, big business, or politicians manipulate the public?

6 Joshs Decisions Josh steals confidential documents from Peters briefcase in order to attack the companies his stepfather represents. Is he right to do this? Does the end justify the means?

7 Discuss Josh Discuss Josh. Why is it that he has only one friend? Discuss his relationship with Beth. Do you think he would have created the Larry website if he had told Beth how he felt about her?

8 Ethics Discuss the ethics of spouting views on the internet, or in any medium, under a false identity. Betagold claims that Larry is a coward for keeping his identity a secret. Do you agree? Or is Larry right to think that revealing who he is would detract from the message?

9 The Website Discuss Joshs motivation for creating the Larry website. Is he being honest or is he just playing a game? He is disturbed by the magnitude of the response to his website and by the hero he becomes, but he does not close down the website. Why?

10 Josh and the Media Josh is disillusioned by the reaction of the public once his identity is known. No one seems to be interested in his message – people are only interested in him as a celebrity. The producer of 20/20 tells him, They want to know about you. Youre the story, just you. People want gossip; people want sizzle. What does this tell you about how the media views the public? What happens when the sizzle fizzles?

11 Idealism No offense, Josh, but this idealism thing is a phase, like so many other things youve been through… You dont have enough life experience. You dont know how the real world works yet. How much of what Peter says to Josh is true, or is it as Josh responds, Adults always say that to keep kids quiet?

12 Unethical Actions Some of Joshs actions might be considered unethical. Do you think anything Josh does is immoral? Is the writing of his story the solution for Josh, or is it just another way to avoid taking responsibility? How will Josh find peace? Is he on the right path?

13 Emerson and Thoreau Knowing what you know about Emerson and Thoreau, why do you think Josh is so inspired by these two authors? What do they all have in common? How is Josh like Emerson and Thoreau? How is he different?

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