In Chapters 7 to 9 we see the power relationship shift back and forth while the boys are in the woods.
Write two paragraphs comparing how the boys cope in the woods.
Challenge: Who ends up with the power at the end of each chapter? Explain.
Task Six (Tasks Four and Five here)
- How is Kingshaw’s hatred of Hooper described?
- What does Kingshaw hope for a short time?
- What does Hooper find out about Kingshaw when he gets into the room?
Task Four (see here for Tasks One–Three)
Read Chapter Three and consider these questions:
- How does Hooper continue to make Kingshaw unwelcome?
- What new symbol is been introduced? What does it symbolise?
- Why does Hooper torment Kingshaw? (p.35)
- What do the parents think about how the boys are getting on?
Write in your books using quotations if you have access to the text:
- How does the writer make the crow seem terrifying to Kingshaw?
- Do you agree that Kingshaw is presented as both a victim and a person of strength in this chapter?
‘It was raining hard again, and great, bruise-coloured clouds hung low over the copse.’
- What atmosphere does this set?
- What does it tell us about Hooper’s state of mind?
What do you learn about the two boys? Compare the two characters.
- Answer in at least 2 paragraphs;
- Use at least 1 quotation for each boy;
- Make interpretations about their characters.
Challenge: comment on the writer’s use of language to present the two characters.
- What references to death are there in Chapter 1?
- Why do think this is?
- What technique might this be?
Challenge: What is the overall tone and atmosphere of Chapter 1?