The Hunger Games 2 by Suzanne Collins

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Group Members:
Smythe E
Anne R
Cotter J
Laura K
Ethan Mc
Jessie D
CeCe C.*
Jeri E.*

Discussion Time:
Friday January 8th 5B 12:55-2:25

Agenda:
Discussion Facilitator: Smythe

Clarifying Questions:
How did the country divide into the 12 Districts?
Why was it dangerous for Katniss and Peeta to rebel against the Capitol during the games?
What are the audience's views on the games?

Characters:
•Katniss Everdeen - Main Character, Narrator, District 12 Tribute
•Peeta Mellark -D 12 Tribute
•Haymitch - Mentor of Katniss and Peeta
•Effie - Co-Manager and Drawer of D 12 tributes
•Cinna - Katniss' stylist
•Prim - Katniss' younger sister
•Rue - D 11 Tribute
•Cato - a Career Tribute who dies at the end
Thresh - D 11 Tribute
•All other tributes
-What do you think Peeta's strategy was? Was he really helping Katniss or did he chose to side with the Careers for his own benefits?
-If you were part of the Capitol, would set up the Hunger Games any differently? Would you change any of the rules (one victor or two etc.)
-Although the book does not reveal to us an epilogue, but how do you think Katniss' and Peeta's lives changed after the Hunger Games?
-How do you feel Prim and her mother react to the Hunger Games? How would Prim's and Katniss' relationship change after the Hunger Games, after she's won?
-How do you think Gale and Katniss' relationship changed after The Games?
-What do you think about the prep team not thinking the tributes are more important than their own problems?

Narration:
How would the story's point of view change if Peeta narrated instead of Katniss?
Out of all the characters, is there any particular one you wish narrated the Hunger Games instead of Katniss? Why or why not?
What if an audience member narrated?
How would the story have changed if anyone different took the place of Katniss?

Setting:
Some believe that Collins believes that this is where our society is headed. What do you think? Do you think our society could turn into this?
Do you see similarities between our society and the Capitol's society? Between our society and the different Districts? What strikes you as the most surprising difference between our world today and Panem?

Themes/Motifs:
Struggle, Honor, Debt, Morality, Betrayal, Sacrifice
What are your thoughts about the Hunger Games being televised? With young people's lives in danger, any thoughts about how the audience can somehow seem more important than the tributes?
If you were in the same situation as Katniss, would you have done the same? Would you "fake" your love towards Peeta for the audience's entertainment? Would you believe Peeta was in love with you or not?
Would you have befriended Rue or gone solo?
How would you have reacted when a tribute was killed? Would you be relieved because its one less tribute to face or sad that another tribute died?

Did you agree with the decisions Katniss made? Would your strategy have been any different? How so?
Do you think it was luck through the games or the actions of Katniss through the game that resulted in her victory?
How do you think the view of the games differs from the Capitol to the members of the Districts?
Are the Hunger Games a way to punish or threaten the districts like the Capitol intended or merely for entertainment?

Style of Writing:
What did the author do well? Did you feel you were in the story with Katniss?
Anything Suzanne Collins could do better? Were there any confusing scenes in the story?
What did you think of the pace of the book? What did you think of the ending?

Significant Passages:
•"You're not leaving me here alone," I say. Because if he dies, I'll never go home, not really. I'll spend the rest of my life in the arena trying to think my way out (343).

•"The arenas are historic sites, preserved after the Games. Popular destinations for Capitol residents to visit, to vacation. Go for a month, rewatch the Games, tour the catacombs, visit the sites where the deaths took place. You can even take part in reenactments" (144).
•I slump down on the floor, my face against the door, staring uncomprehendingly at the crystal glass in my hand. Icy cold, filled with orange juice, a straw with a frilly white collar. How wrong it looks in my bloody, filthy hand with its dirt-caked nails and scars. My mouth waters at the smell, but I place it carefully on the floor, not trusting anything so clean and pretty (347).
•"Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch-this is the Capitol's way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. How little chance we would stand of surviving another rebellion. Whatever words they use, the real message is clear. 'Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there's nothing you can do.'" (18-19)

Outside Resources:
http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/the_hunger_games_69765.htm
Book Review: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20223443,00.html


Discussion protocols: We could start with each person's favorite and least favorite aspects of the book... When the conversation goes dead, the discussion facilitator brings up a new question or aspect to talk about.

Food:
???
Since we did not really organize this, I suggest if you want it bring something in:
Pretzels, chips, cookies, popcorn, drinks, fruit, crackers...etc
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