ENGLISH 9 SUMMER READING DIRECTIONS: To complete the summer reading successfully, you should read the texts in the following order: 1) Haroun and the Sea of Stories 2) Lord of the Flies 3) Peter Pan The summer reading questions build on each other, and the final set on Peter Pan, asks you to make connections between all three books, so be sure to read the novels and answer the questions in the correct order. Please have the responses to the questions ready to submit to your teacher on the first day of class. Please do not refer to Spark Notes or any online or printed study guide in answering the questions. Use of such materials violates the honor code. SUMMER READING TEXT #3—PETER PAN Directions: Before you begin Peter Pan, look over and familiarize yourself with the following questions. Then take notes on the questions as you read along. You must note relevant page numbers. Some questions ask you to compare themes or characters from the other summer reading texts, so you must finish all three novels before completing the questions. When you are finished with the texts, answer the questions as fully as possible. Even if a question seems difficult, you need to make an effort to answer it. We will discuss the questions, and I will collect them, so please type your answers. All questions are due on the first day of class. Please do not refer to Spark Notes or any online or printed study guide in answering these questions. Use of such materials violates the honor code. 1. Describe Neverland. What elements of the island seem appealing? Why? What elements strike you as disturbing or less appealing? Why? Compare Neverland to the island in Lord of the Flies? How are they similar? Why do both authors spend time giving the reader detailed descriptions of the islands? 2. Who are the “lost boys”? Describe their lives on the island. What about their lives in Neverland is appealing to them? What elements seem negative? What do they gain by living there? Why do they choose to return to reality? What do they lose by this return? What is gained? How might the boys in Lord of the Flies be considered “lost boys”? Why do some want to return home and others want to stay? 3. Unlike Lord of the Flies, Peter Pan has several female characters. Who are they and how are they portrayed? How do they affect the action in the book? Why is Peter drawn to Wendy? What makes him uncomfortable about her? Why? Why do you think Golding excludes female characters from Lord of the Flies? What assumptions might he be making about girls or women that would make them unsuitable for his story? Are any of those assumptions similar to ones that Barrie makes in his book? Explain. Does Rushdie make similar assumptions? Why or why not?
4. Barrie ends his text with the comment that Peter’s calling children away to Neverland “will go on, so long as children are gay and innocent and heartless.” Based on this quotation and other examples of your choosing, explain how Barrie views childhood and children. Using examples from Lord of the Flies and Haroun, compare Barrie’s ideas about both to Golding’s and Rushdie’s. 5. In Peter Pan, Hook and Peter vie for rule of Neverland; in Lord of the Flies, Jack and Ralph struggle for power; in Haroun and the Sea of Stories, King Chattergy and Khattam-‐Shud battle for control of Kahani. Look carefully at all three books and compare the writers’ views on leadership and power. What makes a good leader? A bad leader? Why do people want to be leaders? What effect does power have on leaders? Why do people sometimes gravitate to cruel leaders?