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1. The story is set in the future, so when Katniss references her ancestors, she is referring to us. What has happened to North America? How might we have contributed to the destruction of it?
2. Gale makes the comment that the Capitol wants the districts to be divided, that it is to their advantage. What does he mean by this?
3. Would you volunteer for your little sister (or brother, or older sibling, or friend)? Why or why not? What does it tell you about Katniss?
4. How do you feel about the victors of the Hunger Games earning free food for their fellow citizens? What problems might arise?
5. Why doesn’t Katniss want to get close to any of the tributes, including Peeta?
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like the muttations? The Capitol people/government left the male jabberjays to die out and did not destroy the tracker jacker nests around the districts (only those near the Capitol). Peeta aligns with the Careers and Katniss eventually aligns with Rue. Orman . What are the benefits of alliances? What are the downfalls? 8. T. Peeta says that he doesn’t want to lose himself once the Games begin and that he wants to prove he’s not just a “piece in their Games. What does the word “rue” mean? What does it mean to “rue the day”? How is this symbolic of Rue’s death? Copyright©2010. What does this say about the Capitol? 10. Would you join an alliance or play the game on your own? Why? 9.The Hunger Games Thought-Provoking Discussion Questions Part II Questions 6.” What does he mean by this? 7. What is the Capitol’s attitude about living things? What about their creations.
The Hunger Games Thought-Provoking Discussion Questions Part III Questions 11. Copyright©2010. Why? 13. whereas Peeta (we think. so how does Katniss really feel about Peeta? Is it true that she thinks she must seek him out because no one in district 12 would forgive her. Orman . anyway) just says what he feels. Or is there more to it? 12. Our first reactions are usually are truest. T. Katniss is constantly thinking about how the audience is perceiving her. Discuss the issue of “paybacks. despite the dangers of alerting the tributes to her presence.” List examples of characters who feel as though they owed another character something. Katniss’s first reaction when she hears the news about the rule change is to call out Peeta’s name. Why is Katniss willing to go to the feast to get the medicine for Peeta? 14.
The Hunger Games Thought-Provoking Discussion Questions 15. Why is the moment with the berries an act of rebellion against the Capitol? Copyright©2010. Do you think she could really kill him. as she almost did? Why or why not? 18. Katniss’s first reaction to the second rule change (which revokes the first rule change) is to shoot Peeta so she can be the winner. When she realizes that he does not intend to defend himself. she feels ashamed of her gut reaction to kill him. Why does Katniss wait so long to kill Cato? How does she feel when she finally does? 17. Why do you think some characters (like Katniss and Thresh) feel as though they “owe” someone for kindness. and others (like Peeta) never expect “payment” for their kindness shown. T. 16. Orman .
Instead she feels resentment. We see this is district 12. and even like a mother to her own mom.The Hunger Games Thought-Provoking Discussion Questions TEACHER’S GUIDE Part I Questions & Answers (Although some of these may be opinion. Even so. Would you volunteer for your little sister (or brother. Orman . there will be no further need for such a repressive institution. However. expected to occur when true communism is achieved. or older sibling. the people will always be at odds with one another. What has happened to North America? How might we have contributed to the destruction of it? I believe this is a statement the author is making about the effects of climate change and our slow reaction to taking preventative measures. the wealthier government employees. She will sacrifice her life for her sister. It shows a strong sense of character. She has unconditional love for her. a sense of abandonment. Yet she does not feel that same love for her mom. 2. But would she for her mother? Contrast her relationship with her mom to that of her sister.S. Copyright©2010. she is referring to us. or friend)? Why or why not? What does it tell you about Katniss? Answers will vary to first part. the primary function of the state is to repress the lower classes of society in the interests of the ruling class. and the victors. the state is expected to “wither away. Gale makes the comment that the Capitol wants the districts to be divided. the Capitol (or government). answers may vary from what I have. According to Karl Marx (1818–83). rather than directing their anger toward the true enemy. The Capitol is symbolically the U. but willing to die for her sister. the merchant class business owners. so when Katniss references her ancestors. It shows that Katniss is not only protective. putting people’s lives in dangerous and deadly situations as they have to go further down into the earth). The story is set in the future. She is like a mother to Prim.” 3. in its excessive materialism and lack of care that may go into funding our wants/needs (such as stripping the coal mines. others do have specific answers. T. the ultimate condition of social organization. after the class struggle has resulted in the victory of the proletariat and the establishment of a socialist society. This is a direct reference to Karl Marx’s theory of a classless society in which the state is the true enemy because it represses the lower class citizens (from Encyclopedia Britannica): classless society. where there is resentment between the classes: the lower class Seam workers. that it is to their advantage.) 1. with the disappearance of classes. in Marxism. What does he mean by this? Gale is implying that if there is separation of the districts. of selflessness.
thereby killing others. Perhaps instead of making war on other countries. Peeta says that he doesn’t want to lose himself once the Games begin and that he wants to prove he’s not just a “piece in their Games. including Peeta? Katniss doesn’t want to become friends with anyone because it would make it all the harder to kill them. we’ll see Katniss mentally grappling with this. Katniss has no idea what he means. loving. Part II Questions & Answers 6. and is actually good if you “win.” In education. He does not want to become that in the arena.The Hunger Games Thought-Provoking Discussion Questions 4. It’s the reason they’re given make-overs and put in elaborate costumes--it’s all a show. and she doesn’t see the manipulation of the audience as a problem. Then what? As the book progresses. Second part: He does not want to be manipulated by the Capitol. The morals and ethical standards of the people fall as they becoming more accepting of this unethical treatment of one another. But he knows that given the environment they are going in to. some people are not rational and will never try to make peace. trying to figure out who her enemies really are. he wants to stay true to himself. She’s been acting since she stepped onto the Copyright©2010. he wants to die doing something dignified and true to himself. and won’t want to cause them harm. which is a kind. we should try to look at their perspectives and negotiate peace. it is going to reinforce the belief that killing is not so bad. 5. which. we understand them better.” What does he mean by this? First part: Peeta does not want to turn into some sort of killing machine or monster. Although. T. They will no longer value human life. caring human being. could destroy them all. or anyone else. Orman . He doesn’t want to partake in this manipulation of the audience because he knows that is what they want all the tributes to do so they can put on a good show. which is what she will have to do to win the Games. he will have to defend himself. How do you feel about the victors of the Hunger Games earning free food for their fellow citizens? What problems might arise? Since this is essentially rewarding bad behavior (rewarding kids for killing one another). into playing these Games--doing things to give the audience a show or gain sponsors. in the end. we are more alike as humans than we think. and she’s a little offended by his selfrighteousness. Why doesn’t Katniss want to get close to any of the tributes. She just wants to win. The lesson here is that once we do get to know people. We also see that even though they may look differently from us. we all know the downfalls of rewarding bad behavior.
This could be a statement the author is making about cloning--that our lack of respect for life will come back to bite us. though. 9. 8. Peeta aligns with the Careers and Katniss eventually aligns with Rue. your opponents fear the group (intimidation factor). you can team up against an opponent. but perhaps we shouldn’t mess with Mother Nature at all. eventually you’ll have to abandon the alliance. Orman . large groups are easy targets--cannot hide as well. What is the Capitol’s attitude about living things? What about their creations. Even though the district 1 boy kills her. 10. and it will (perhaps) come back to eventually destroy them. Would you join an alliance or play the game on your own? Why? Answers will vary. he is doing so because he is forced to kill by the Copyright©2010. It also tells us that they were willing to hold on to the tracker jackers because they could still use them as a weapon. The Capitol had no regard for the jabberjays. even though they are not at war. like the muttations? The Capitol people/government left the male jabberjays to die out and did not destroy the tracker jacker nests around the districts (only those near the Capitol). once again. there is more safety in numbers. she will understand his meaning. which is why the mockingjay is such an important symbol--it was created out of their disregard. whereas Peeta let his emotions show. Eventually. What does this say about the Capitol? The Capitol has little respect for any living things. that they have little regard for human life outside the Capitol. Since the jabberjays were now useless. What are the benefits of alliances? What are the downfalls? Working as a team or group has benefits: more of you to hunt. even those creatures they created themselves. 7. What does the word “rue” mean? What does it mean to “rue the day”? How is this symbolic of Rue’s death? Rue means regret or remorse and to “rue the day” means that the person will one day bitterly regret what they have done. It is symbolic because Rue’s death was not accidental. they no longer cared about them. Leaving the trackerjacker nests near the districts tells us. Downfalls include: may not always trust your allies since they could turn on you or lead you astray. Even cloned beings are living things. if you have a weaker ally it makes you weaker.The Hunger Games Thought-Provoking Discussion Questions stage to take Prim’s place. T. more can watch your back or look out for you.
It could be because Peeta has not partaken in illegal activities. T. therefore has nothing to hide. Or is there more to it? Answers will vary. She knows it could get her and Gale in trouble. Whether it is because she feels as though she owes him for her life is a possibility. But as the Games continue. even though he is supposed to be her enemy. One thing I wanted my students to think about (other than the reasons we discussed before about Katniss trying to make herself look strong for sponsors) is that Katniss is looking at things as though she is going to be a victor and what impact her words or actions will have on those she loves. so how does Katniss really feel about Peeta? Is it true that she thinks she must seek him out because no one in district 12 would forgive her. Why is Katniss willing to go to the feast to get the medicine for Peeta? Copyright©2010. She’s careful not to admit she hunts illegally when she tells the story about getting Prim’s goat. so I think this is proof that Peeta’s feelings for her are genuine and he is truly willing to die for her because he is not concerned about being punished for what he says in the arena--he is still staying true to himself and speaking the truth. Katniss feels remorse for killing the district 1 boy. Why? Answers will vary. truly love him. (And isn’t it ironic that Katniss is the one who can’t trust him and thinks he is such a good liar?) 13. despite the dangers of alerting the tributes to her presence. indeed. Katniss is constantly thinking about how the audience is perceiving her. Katniss’s first reaction when she hears the news about the rule change is to call out Peeta’s name.The Hunger Games Thought-Provoking Discussion Questions Capitol. she is realizing more and more that the tributes are not her enemy--the Capitol is. 12. That they will wish they would have never created the Games. Yet. care for Peeta. Orman . Part III Questions & Answers 11. His mother would surely make his father pay for that. It is the Capitol who will rue the day for their actions against these kids. But perhaps she does. Is it that Katniss cares more about her loved ones back home to look out for them even in the arena? I think Peeta is still a loving. deep down. but they should be able to infer from her first reaction that she does. whereas Peeta (we think. He lives as though each day could be his last. Peeta does not censor his emotions. Yet. anyway) just says what he feels. he admits his father was in love with her mother. so that had to have an impact back home. Our first reactions are usually are truest. caring person.
The Hunger Games Thought-Provoking Discussion Questions Answers may vary. Thresh and Katniss most likely have very similar upbringings (working class) in which they struggled more than the merchant class. Everdeen is also a giving person who expects nothing in return for her medical services (in Catching Fire). T.” She also doesn’t understand that there are people in the world who would do unlimited good deeds and kind acts for others just because they are good people. Discuss the issue of “paybacks. Copyright©2010. and others (like Peeta) never expect “payment” for their kindness shown. Or perhaps she is. 15. would not make Prim pay her back for sacrificing her life for Prim. This may be the point where Katniss realizes she doesn’t want him to die. herself. Katniss truly loves Prim. -District 11 felt they owed Katniss for her treatment and respect for Rue. and this way she can try to even up the score. Though I do believe she cares a lot for him. that she does love him. Peeta expects nothing in return for his kindness to Katniss. Peeta is one of them. She is now willing to give her life so he can live. 14. so he spared her life. is. -Thresh felt as though he owed Katniss for becoming allies with Rue. we will later find that Mrs.” List examples of characters who feel as though they owed another character something. She may be realizing that he is a truly good person and she doesn’t feel as though she. Katniss. I think she still feels as though she owes him. Yet. So it is most likely the fact that perhaps because Katniss and Thresh have had to rely on others (in some ways) for survival that they feel this strong sense of wanting to do the same for someone so they can feel worthy as people--so they can feel as though they’ve contributed in a positive way. again. she just hasn’t quite realized it yet. but she does not make the connection that it is love that might be the factor in not owing “paybacks. And even though she cannot recognize it yet in her mother. This is probably because he truly loves her. Why do you think some characters (like Katniss and Thresh) feel as though they “owe” someone for kindness. concerned that the audience would never forgive her if she let Peeta die without trying. In the end. -Katniss feels indebted to Peeta because he gave her bread when they were 11. so when someone is given something for nothing it is seen as a debt that must be paid back. most likely. so they gave her the bread. Orman .
The Hunger Games Thought-Provoking Discussion Questions 16. Copyright©2010. They see it as an act of mercy. as she almost did? Why or why not? Answers will vary. Katniss and Peeta both realize that the right thing to do is kill him to ease his pain.e. 17. not the Capitol (or Gamemakers). Why is the moment with the berries an act of rebellion against the Capitol? The act of killing themselves so the Capitol will have no victor (i. to defend herself. no gala events. That is a slap in President Snow’s face (to say they’d rather die than live as his victor). so there is no remorse with his death. no recap interviews. Why does Katniss wait so long to kill Cato? How does she feel when she finally does? Katniss doesn’t have any arrows left to kill him. T. Others may say that somewhere inside her she cares about him and could never do it. Tributes are not supposed to have any power in determining how it plays out. But after hours of torture. so she takes the chance that the mutts will do it for them. no celebrations) is an act of rebellion because they are not following the rules of the Games. as a hunter. they are dictating how the Games will end. Some may say it is in her nature. Cato is still alive and practically begging for mercy--to be killed to put him out of his misery. When she realizes that he does not intend to defend himself. Orman . so they are placing death as more desirable than life as a lone victor. not vengeance. she feels ashamed of her gut reaction to kill him. no victory tour. They feel no victor is better than one. Also. Katniss’s first reaction to the second rule change (which revokes the first rule change) is to shoot Peeta so she can be the winner. 18. Do you think she could really kill him.