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Listening for Lions
by Gloria Whelan
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1.How does the author paint the picture of a new and different world? What kinds of details does she include?
2.Have you ever had the experience of living in another country or another culture? Would you like to grow up in a country other than the U.S.? Why or why not? What would be some of the advantages and disadvantages?
3.Rachel's parents describe to her how they met. Have your parents shared the story of how they met?
4.If we had an influenza epidemic today, how do you think it would be different from the one in 1918? How might it be similar?
5.Under the same circumstances Rachel faced, would you have agreed to go to England to meet the grandfather? Why or why not?
6.Should Rachel have immeditately confessed who she really was?
7.Is it true that "truth is very complicated"?
8.Why is it so hard for Rachel to make friends at her new school? Would you like a friend like Rachel?
9.Miss Ethelward, Rachel's teacher, says "What one says in anger is seldom worth saying." Do you think that's true? Why or why not?
10.What is the meaning of the book's title? Do you think it's a good title for this story?
11.Do you think Rachel succeeded in her dreams?
12.What was your favorite part of the story?
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