Saturday, October 13, 2007

OSB Answers to questions

1. How were you affected by the novel’s prologue?
I felt the theme for the main characters was well set up. I thought Jake was a spoiled brat from the beginning and that Arthur, with the best of motives helped to encourage Jake's outrageous behavior, despite himself.

What did you discover about Arthur and Jake in this scene?2. How would you answer the questions that conclude the prologue?
a. Was Jake surprised because he had never considered the possibility that he might be a less-than-perfect shot? Did he have that much confidence in himself, that little self-doubt?b. Or was he merely surprised at how easy it was to give in to an impulse, and carry through the thought that lay in your mind?
I don't think Jake could answer the questions himself. I'm not sure he gave the outcome much thought. Therefore I think the answer is all of the above.

Simply to do whatever you wanted to do, and damn the consequences.3. What accounts for the differences between those who follow the rules, like Arthur, and those who defy them?4. Which came more easily for you as an adolescent: obedience or defiance?

I believe the difference in innate personalities makes a large difference. Birth order has some impact also (I was the oldest, with one younger brother). I think I was born with an in dependent streak that increased as I hit adolescents. It was not too difficult to follow rules that made sense to me, even if I didn't totally agree with them. I had a very difficult time following rules I felt were "stupid" My parents were strict and thought "because I said so" was reason enough for any rule. To me, no explanation meant it was up to me to decide if it was logical or not. I felt "stupid" rules were meant to be broken. I 'm afraid I'm not much different today. The only improvement is I have a much better grasp on what constitutes "Stupid." I hope!!! LOL

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