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William Golding

Lord of the Flies

Chapter 10:
Contextual questions!

Keith Tankard
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Updated: 4 March 2014
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Both Ralph's now tiny group and Jack's enlarged tribe suffer the after-effects of having killed Simon.

At Castle rock, Jack imposes his authority in various inhuman ways. He also instigates a plan to have their own fire for the purposes of roasting pigs -- but it was a plan which involved stealing Piggy's spectacles.



READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE:

At length Ralph got up and went to the conch. He took the shell caressingly with both hands and knelt, leaning against the trunk.

"Piggy. "

"Uh?"

"What we going to do?"

Piggy nodded at the conch.

"You could -- "

"Call an assembly?"

Ralph laughed sharply as he said the word and Piggy frowned.

"You're still Chief."

Ralph laughed again.

"You are. Over us."

"I got the conch."

"Ralph! Stop laughing like that. Look there ain't no need, Ralph! What's the others going to think?"

At last Ralph stopped. He was shivering.

"Piggy. "

"Uh?"

"That was Simon."

"You said that before."

"Piggy. "

"Uh?"

"That was murder."

"You stop it!" said Piggy, shrilly. "What good're you doing talking like that?"

He jumped to his feet and stood over Ralph.

"It was dark. There was that -- that bloody dance. There was lightning and thunder and rain. We was scared!"

"I wasn't scared," said Ralph slowly, "I was -- I don't know what I was."

"We was scared!" said Piggy excitedly. "Anything might have happened. It wasn't -- what you said. "

Have you looked at the questions
in the right column?
TEST YOURSELF!
Read the left column and then answer
the following questions:



"What we going to do?"

Piggy nodded at the conch.
  • Why does Ralph ask the question, "What we going to do?" ? (4)

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  • Why does Piggy hesitate to speak the words, "You could [call an assembly]"? (4)

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  • There's an irony in Ralph's answering laughter. Can you explain why? (2)

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"You're still Chief."

Ralph laughed again.

"You are. Over us."

"I got the conch."

"Ralph! Stop laughing like that. Look there ain't no need, Ralph! What's the others going to think?"
  • Piggy's words -- "You're still Chief." -- are also ironic. Can you explain this irony? (4)

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  • What does Ralph mean when he says, "I got the conch."? (4)

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  • Piggy says, "What's the others going to think?" What does he mean by this? (4)

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"That was murder."

"You stop it!" said Piggy, shrilly. "What good're you doing talking like that?"

He jumped to his feet and stood over Ralph.

"It was dark. There was that -- that bloody dance. There was lightning and thunder and rain. We was scared!"
  • What does Ralph mean when he says, "That was murder."? (4)

[Need help?]

  • Do you think that Piggy's excuse is acceptable about it being dark, the "bloody dance", the lightning and thunder and rain, and that they were scared? (4)

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  • Explain Ralph's reaction, "I wasn't scared." (4)

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  • Do you agree with Ralph's claim about his not being scared? (4)

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