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Olive's Ocean Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

Kevin Henkes
This Study Guide consists of approximately 39 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Olive's Ocean.
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Topics for Discussion

When Olive's mother arrives at Martha's house, she gives Martha the page from Olive's journal and says, "thank you." Why does Olive's mother say "thank you" to Martha? Why do you believe this is important to the story? What is Martha's reaction to Olive's mother?

Who is Olive Barstow? How does she die? What impact does her death have on Martha? What was the relationship between Martha and Olive prior to Olive's death? How do Martha's feelings about Olive change after Olive's death?

What happens to Martha to make her really realize that she could die? What is the impact of this realization on Martha? How does it change her? Is this change for the better? Support your answers with specific examples from the story.

What happens to Martha to make her really realize that she could die? What is the impact of this realization on Martha? How does it change her? Is this change for the better? Support your answers with specific examples from the story.

Who is Martha's grandmother? What is the relationship between Martha and her grandmother? What pieces of information does her grandmother share during Martha's visit? What is Martha's reaction to these pieces of information?

Who is Vince? Lucy? Alice? Dennis? Godbee? Jimmy Manning? Tate Manning? How is each connected to Martha?

What do you believe is the most important theme of this story? Give at least two examples of the theme in the story. Why do you believe this to be the most important theme?

List at least two instances of symbolism in the story. What is the importance of each?

This section contains 270 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
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