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Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the Flies Collaborative Projects

Lord of the Flies Character Analysis

Below is a character analysis essay prompt based on the 2012 AP Exam. There are two practice passages that we covered in class and an assessed passage that you will do in class. Go to http://mrmullen.pbworks.com/Character-Analysis-AP-Lit-Exam for the notes and graphic organizers you will need to answer the prompt well enough to score well on the exam. 



(based on the prompt from the 2012 exam)

Carefully read the excerpt from William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Then, write a well-organized essay in which you analyze a character in the passage. In your analysis, you may wish to consider literary elements such as conflict, diction, figurative language, and tone.




Practice Passages:


From page 61: "Roger waited too." to page 62: "... that knew nothing of him and was in ruins."

From page 103: "After they had eaten..." to page 104: "... Have to go forward."


Assessed Passage


From page 109: "The pig run..." to page 110: "He turned and looked out to sea."



Chapter Questions


Chapter 1 



  1. How did the boys get stranded on the island?

  2. How does Ralph get the boys to assemble?

  3. How does Ralph become chief?

  4. What job do Ralph and Jack give to the choir after the election?

  5. How do the boys light the signal fire?



  1. Based on what you have read so far, explain why Jack and Ralph may become rivals.

  2. If Piggy were a student at Haverford High, what classes would he take? What clubs would he join?

  3. How is the world like an island?

  4. Based on what you have read so far, what are the boys' chances of surviving and being rescued?

  5. What do you think the title of the novel means? 


Chapter 3




Why isn't anything being accomplished?
Why do Ralph and Jack argue?
What are all the boys afraid of?


Provide evidence of the narrator describing Jack like an animal.
What does Jack mean when he says he feels he is not the hunter but the one being hunted? How is this foreshadowing? 

Chapter 6

How does the dead pilot arrive on the top of the mountain?

What do the boys think he is?

Why does Simon not believe in the beast?

How might Jack use the "existence" of the beast to increase his power?



What does Jack leave as a "gift for the beast"?

Why does Jack raid Ralph's camp?


Explain how the boys are becoming savages. Provide a specific detail from the story to justify your answer.

What is the source of evil on the island? Pay attention to Simon's experience with the "Lord of the Flies."


chapters 9-10
Why do the boys kill Simon?
Why does Ralph feel guilty the day after the feast?
What does Jack's tribe steal from Piggy?

How does the famous adage "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing" apply to Simon?

Piggy's glasses are a prominent item in the story. What ideas and concepts do his glasses represent?

Chapter 11
What two things do Ralph and Piggy plan to accomplish by confronting Jack and the tribe at Castle Rock?

Whom does Jack have kidnapped?

How does Piggy die?

What ideas and concepts could the conch represent?

What does Jack's reaction to Piggy's death tell you about his development as a character?


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