Lord of the Flies Review

Who is the author? William Golding
What is the nationality of the author and characters? How do you know? British, The Home Counties are around London
What is the name of the first character presented? Ralph
What color is Ralph’s hair? Dirty blonde
What does the author call the hole the plane crash made in the jungle? Scar
What is the name of the boy Ralph first meets? Piggy
What is a basic description of Piggy’s physical features? Short, fat, wears spectacles, thinning hair
How did the boys arrive on the island? Plane crash
How does Ralph respond to the discovery that there are no adults on the island? Stands on his head
What condition does Piggy suffer from? Asthma
How old is Ralph? 12
What is the first thing Ralph does on the island? Goes swimming
What is Ralph’s father’s occupation? Commander in the Navy
What does Piggy reveal happened in the war while their plane was going down? Pilot talked about an atom bomb
Who did Piggy live with before boarding school? His Aunt
What do the two boys find on the beach that later becomes very important in the group meetings? Conch shell
What is Piggy’s idea involving the conch? To call an assembly
What are the names of the two identical twin boys? Sam and Eric
What type of clothing is the choir originally wearing? Long black robes
Who is the leader of the choir who questions who blew the trumpet? Jack Merridew
What does Jack physically look like? Thin, bony, red hair, freckles, light blue eyes
What happens to one of the boys in the choir while they are standing at attention in the heat? He falls down and has a seizure
What is this boy’s name? Simon
How does Ralph betray Piggy at the first assembly? He tells them his name is Piggy
What are the three reasons Jack gives for why he should be chief? He can hit a C sharp, chapter chorister, and head boy
How do the boys decide who should be chief? They vote
What does Jack decide is the new occupation for his choir boys? Hunters
Which three boys go out to explore the island? Jack, Ralph, Simon
What’s Piggy’s job while the other three boys are gone? To take the boys names
What task do the boys accomplish as they climb the mountain? Push a rock off the ledge
What remark does Ralph make once they reach the top of the mountain? This belongs to us
What does Simon compare the flowers to as the boys travel through the jungle? Candles
As they explore, what do the boys find “caught in a curtain of creepers?” A pig
What reason does Jack give for not killing the pig? Because of the thought of a knife going into flesh and an unbearable amount of blood coming out sickened him
What do the boys decide is the best way to keep order at the meetings? By holding the conch
What is distinct about the appearance of the young boy who claims to have seen the beast? He has a birthmark
What time of day does he claim to have seen the beast? Nighttime
What does Ralph consistently insist during this particular discussion? That there is no beast
Ralph makes a two-fold mission statement. What are the two parts? To have fun and to be rescued
What does Ralph insist they must do in order to be rescued? Make a signal fire on the mountaintop
What phrase does Piggy use to describe the way the kids are acting? Like kids, a crowd of kids
What do the boys use to start the fire? By using Piggy’s specs to reflect the sun’s rays
Who does Piggy notice is missing after the wildfire spreads? The birthmark kid
Chap. 3 opens with a character hunting in the jungle. Who is it? Jack
What animal is the character hunting? A pig
What is Ralph doing when Jack returns? Building shelters
Who is the only child still helping Ralph? Simon
Ralph complains about all their meetings. Why is he frustrated? No one helps him except Simon
What is Jack concerned about other than shelters? Hunting, fresh water, the safe use of fire
What is the main reason Ralph gives for wanting to build shelters? In case it rains
What feeling does Jack get when he’s in the jungle? Something is following him
What does Jack say he would like to do before the boys get rescued? Kill a pig
As Jack and Ralph talk, Jack suddenly yells “Got it!” What does Ralph think he is talking about? A ship
What Christ-like action does Simon perform as he goes into the jungle? He hands the littleuns fruit
What kind of place does Simon find in the jungle? A dark, secluded place (A room made for creepers)
In chap. 4, what does the extreme heat cause the boys to see? A mirage
What generic title is given to the smaller boys on the island? Littleuns
Which particular small boys are playing in the sand? Henry, Percival, Johnny
What two older boys destroy the littleuns castle? Maurice and Roger
What is Henry doing that is equally as cruel as Roger throwing stones? Poking at the small sea creatures
What prevents Roger from hitting Henry with the stones? Taboo of the old life
What do Jack’s two large leaves contain that will help the boys hunt? Clay and charcoal
What does Piggy think they should try to make that Ralph knows is ridiculous? A sundile
What does Ralph see on the horizon? A boat
Which boy first realizes there is no more smoke from the fire? Piggy
What are the hunters chanting as they return from the hunt? Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.
What is Jack doing when he spreads pigs blood on his forehead? Initiating himself
How is Jack both a success and a failure in Chap. 4? Kills a pig but lets the fire go out
What does Jack do to Piggy in response to Piggy condemning him for forgetting the fire? Hits him in the face and breaks his glasses
What threat does Piggy make against Jack for doing this? Just you wait
What does Jack apologize for in Chap. 4? Letting the fire go out
What is Jack’s true reason for rebuilding the fire? To cook the pig
What is Jack’s fake reason for not giving Piggy any meat? He didn’t help hunt
Which boy pretends to be the pig in the particular dance? Maurice
What is Ralph’s response to this dance? He calls an assembly
What point of view is the story told in? Third person
(Ch 1) How is Piggy excluded from the group? How does this help the group? Ralph ignores him and because of his asthma. He won’t slow down the group
How do the boys feel about the island once they reach the summit and topple the rock? Triumphant
What explanation does Jack offer for not killing the pig? What does Jack promise? He was deciding where he wanted to stab it, He’ll kill it next time
(Ch 3) How does Golding let us know that time has passed since the plane crash? He describes how Jack’s physical appearance has changed
How did the boys manage to kill the pig? From more experience
Why does Piggy get attacked? What is the result? He forgets the fire, His glasses break
What does Ralph realize has to be different about this assembly compared to all the others? It has to actually get something done
What does Ralph admire about Piggy? His ability to think
The dark lights the boys’ faces differently. The difference causes Ralph to ask what two questions? What was a face? What was anything?
What issue does Ralph raise at the assembly? Toilets, shelter, beast, fire, water
In general, what does Jack say about the beast and the littluns? They’re both useless
What reasons does Piggy give for why the beast cannot possibly exist? Life is scientific, the world is modern with TV, space, and travel
What is the name of the boy who shares his dream about the beast? Phil
Why is Simon really out in the jungle at night? He knows and likes the darkness
When Percival comes forward, what does Ralph suddenly remember when looking at him? The boy with the birthmark
What part of his name does Percival forget? His telephone number
Who stops the younger boys from crying and acting silly? Maurice
Where does Percival finally say the beast comes from? The sea
Simon tries to tell the boys what he thinks the beast might be. What does one boy say he thinks he means? A ghost
What question does Ralph ask and receive an almost unanimous answer for? Who thinks there might be ghosts?
What important statement does Ralph say to answer Jack as to why they must have rules? The rules are all they have
When the boys run off, what reason does Ralph give for not blowing the conch? If he blows it, they won’t come back
In chapter 6, what “message” comes from the adult world at night? The parachutist fell from the sky
What two boys are tending the fire and believe they see the beast? Sam and Eric
What does Jack immediately decide they will do about the beast? Hunt and kill it
How does Ralph insult Jack and his hunters? He calls them boys with sticks
Why does Jack say they do not need the conch anymore? They know who should speak
What do the boys decide to look for the beast since it is the only unexplored place on the island? Castle Rock
Who do the boys elect to stay behind? Piggy
Why does Jack like Castle Rock? It’s a great place for a fort
What does Ralph force the other boys to do instead of playing on Castle Rock? Continue to look for the beast

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