English 5“Survivor Type”
After re-reading the relevant selections from Stephen King’s “Survivor Type,” choose ONE of the questions for each segment and respond to it thoughtfully in complete sentences, usingspecific details and quotations from the story to support your main ideas. Your responsesshould be written in your journal.
Entries January 26-January 28: Choose ONE of the questions below.
In his January 26
diary entry Richard Pine writes, “The thing to learn is how to survive,you know what I mean”? Discuss four specific ways in which R.P. survives his upbringingand reaches his goal of becoming a surgeon.2.Form an opinion about Richard Pine’s ability to survive his ordeal. Prove your opinionciting at least four details from the reading (using quotes to support your response).Look at both physical (what he’s got on the island) and mental (personal characteristics)attributes.
Entries (January 29-January 31) and (February 1 – February 4): Choose ONE of thequestions below.
1.Discuss three of Pine’s illegal or immoral actions. Support each action with a quote inwhich he justifies (makes it acceptable to himself) committing these acts. What do theseacts reveal about him?2.From what you have read so far, do you agree with Richard Pine when he says, “I think Ican bring it off”? Can he? What leads you to believe as you do? Use specific referencesand quotes from the readings so far to support your opinion.
Entries February 4 (continued) – February 5: Choose ONE of the questions below.
In the February 4
section Richard Pine provides a detailed account of the shipwreck.Choose a description (copy it down) that is particularly vivid to you and explain whataffect this has on the reader. Why does Stephen King include these details? Does it givethe reader any more insight into Richard Pine? If so what is revealed? If not whatpurpose does it serve in the story?
In the February 5
entry Richard Pine asks, “Above all haven’t I told you, over and over,that survival is a business of the mind? The superior mind?” What are some ways(discuss at least three) in which we see him using his “superior mind” to overcome greatdifficulties? Do you find his actions admirable? Why or why not?
Entries - February 7 and February 8: Choose ONE of the questions below.
What evidence of change do you see in Richard Pine on February 7
? Provide twoquotes that represent a change of character and explain this difference.2.One of the reasons Richard Pine gives for not catching the gull is: “I have to take care of my hands.” Discuss other incidents (at least two) in the story where Pine went out of hisway to protect his hands. Use quotes for support. What do you think his handssymbolize? Explain your interpretation.