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The Gadget
by Paul Zindel
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1.Why is Stephen so angry when his father reaches out to shake his hand upon his arrival in Los Alamos? Why do you think Stephen was sent to live with his dad? From what you have seen, what do you think of Stephen's mom?
 
2.How does Stephens relationship with his father change at the end of the novel.
 
3.What measures does the government take to make Los Alamos safe and secure for the scientists and their families?
 
4.Why is Stephen so intent on finding out what the big secet is? Would you break the rules to find something out that was secret but obviously really important?
 
5.We were all told we could help the war end. (p. 149) Thats what the government told the scientists.
 
6.Stephen is told that he is to trust no one. What makes Stephen think that he can trust Alexei Nagavatsky?
 
7.Who do you trust the most? Who do you trust the least?
 
8.Have you ever seen pictures of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? How much of Minneapolis do you think would be destroyed by an atom bomb?
 
9.Would you ever agree to be a spy and pretend to be someones friend? Whats more important: Winning a war or betraying a friend?
 
10.Do you think anyone would blame Stephen for Jackson's death? Should they?
 
11.Was Stephen being fair when he called his father a murderer?
 
12.Did you like the ending? Why? If not, how would you change it?
 
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