by James Moloney
Short Response Questions
Reading ‘in’, ‘between’, and ‘beyond’ the lines.
Chapters 1 and 2
From your reading of the first two chapters of
, what haveyou learnt about the town, about Dougy’s family, and about Dougyhimself?2.How does Dougy feel about his sister Gracey. Use some evidencefrom the text.3.Everyone on the bus from Cunningham celebrates Gracey’s goodnews. The next day the celebrations are over, and there is a cleardivide between the white kids and the black kids. Why do theopinions of the children change so quickly?Chapters 3 – 6
Find 5 quotes that show that the trip to Brisbane is a very newexperience for Dougy, Raymond and Gracey.5.Re-read page 27. Why do you think the two men at Lang Park havesuch different opinions about aboriginal people?6.Dougy keeps hinting that something terrible is going to happen inhis town. Now we find out that Mrs Granello’s offer of a scholarshipfor Gracey is somehow related to what will happen. Make your ownprediction of what you think will happen.Chapters 6 and 77.What is Paddy O’Shea’s response to Gracey’s scholarship? Whydoes he feel so strongly about this?8.How do you think the townspeople would have reacted to Gracey’sreturn if she had not won her races?
How do the townspeople come to the conclusion that Johnny Warrenhad something to do with Melissa Brodie’s accident?Chapters 8 – 1110.What is it that prompts Mr Price to go looking for Johnny Warren?11.Why doesn’t Craig want to stay in the Hall with Gracey and Dougy?12. If Cooper knows how Melissa Brodie’s accident was not caused by Johnny Warren, why do you think he does not try to stop thefighting?Chapter 12 – 1413.Raymond has been talking about wanting to get hold of a gun. Whydo you think this is becoming a focus for him?14.Why does Raymond stop Brett from firing the gun again?15.Why doesn’t Brett want to leave the others in the hall?16.Dougy has told us many times through the story how he is ‘nobody’.Raymond and Gracey are unable to keep up with things in the hall.How does he cope with the situation in the hall?Chapter 15 – 17