Doll Bones Short Essay - Answer Key

Holly Black
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1. How would you describe the narrative perspective of Doll Bones?

The narrative is related from a third-person, omniscient narrator in the past tense. The narrator’s perspective demonstrates a greater in-depth understanding of Zach’s character than the two girls, Poppy and Alice.

2. What game are Zach, Alice, and Poppy playing in Chapter 1? How is the game described?

Zach, Alice and Poppy indulge in a regular game of make-believe in which they have created an entire kingdom that is set in times of pirates and even more fantastic creations like mermaids. The characters in the game are portrayed by various dolls and action figures and the “set” is areas near Poppy’s house.

3. Why do Zach, Poppy, and Alice generally play at Poppy’s house? How is this setting described?

The children play at Poppy’s house because Poppy’s parents are rarely around and they don’t seem to interfere much when they are. This is in contrast to Alice’s home, where she lives with her over-protective grandmother. Zach’s home is also tenser with the return of Zach’s father.

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