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Last Book in the Universe
by Rodman Philbrick
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1.The society that you are reading about has many flaws. List the flaws. Which are the worst. Which ones do we have in our society?
2.Imagine you are archeologist attempting to uncover the history behind Spaz's world. What are the most interesting things you think youd find?
3.What do you believe to be the author's purpose for writing the book. Is a story with a message or just an adventure?
4.Imagine a world where writing and reading do not exist. How would life be different?
5.Besides Spaz, who would you consider to be the most important character in this book? Why?
6.How did Spaz get his name?
7.Ask students to identify places where they find writing (e.g., movies, menus, books, articles, speeches, ads).
8.What events would you want to preserve through writing?
9.How are mindprobes similar to books? How does reading or writing allow you to escape from the real world?
10.Ryter never finishes writing his book. He tells Spaz, You're the last book in the universe. Tell students that they will be writing a chapter from Spaz's book. Brainstorm ideas for this original chapter with the class.
11.Which of the renegade groups that Spaz and Ryter encounter did you like the most? Why?
12.If you lived in Eden would you ever want to venture into the less perfect world?? Why did Lanaya venture out from Eden?
13.What would the the last book in the universe that you would select to be saved?
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