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Surviving the Applewhites
by Stephanie Tolan
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1.Would you like to attend a school like Wit's End? Why or why not?
2."'What gives you joy? -- Once you know that, you will know what you want from an education and you'll be able to set your own program.'" (p. 123-124) What kind of program will Jake choose? What would you choose?
3.Why did the author choose to alternate chapters between Jake and E.D. telling the story?
4.After the reporter shows up at the Applewhites and discovers the artistic dynasty, E.D. is angry at not being mentioned and feels she is the invisible Applewhite. (p. 68) Later, Jake was beginning to feel he was disappearing altogether. (p. 85) Why don't Jake and E.D. feel noticed? Have you ever felt invisible?
5.Have you ever felt like you didn't belong?
6.Would you prefer to be on stage or work behind the scenes on a play?
7.There is a discussion about E.D.'s father, Randolph, doing color-blind casting, or as he says rainbow casting, for the play (chapter 17, p. 112-117). Do you think he was right to cast the best person for the part or should he remain true to the fact that The Sound of Music is based on a true story and there weren't any black or Asian people in the Von Trapp family?
8.Who was your favorite character and why?
9.Cordelia has a passion for dance, Archie has a passion for creating furniture, Randolph has a passion for theater. What are E.D.'s and Jake's passions? What do you have passion for?
10.What do you prefer -- creativity with some chaos or order and predictability?
11.Why did Jake decide to change his hair back to its original color?
12.Does Jake survive the Applewhites? Why or why not?
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