Lesson 1 (from Prologue, Chapter 1-4)
The Prologue of the novel provides the back-story that tells the history behind the events that occur in the main story. The events in this section take place in 1914, seventy-five years before the main story begins. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the back-story.
1) Research: Look up the term back-story and write a definition. Write the answers to these questions: How does the author tell the back-story in the novel (flashback, dialogue, direct narration, summary, recollection, or exposition)? Does the direct narration build suspense? Why or why not? Are there any clues that this is a back-story until you read Chapter 5? Why or why not?
2) Class discussion: What is happening in the back-story? How does the author indicate that the characters on the train and on the ship know each other? What are Essex and Shields both carrying? Does the author imply that...
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