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ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN ~ SHERMAN ALEXIE

Chapter Study - #2 Why Chicken Means So Much to Me

pages 7-14

CONTEXT INFO

The narrator has a mom, a dad, a sister, a grandmother and a dog.

VOCABULARY WORDS

Word / Term

Definition

outsourced

 

perseverence

 

KEY EVENTS

page

Event

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9

 

14

 

LITERARY TERMS & DEVICES

Device

Device

page

example

Magic 3

7

 

Metaphor

8

 

Vivid

8

 

Hyperbole

8

 

Allusion

8

 

Repetition

9

 

Personification

9

 

Vivid / Magic 3

9

 

Magic 3

9

 

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Device

page

example

Simile / hyperbole

9

 

Magic 3

9

 

Magic 3

9

 

Magic 3

10

 

Repetition

11

 

Magic 3 / hyperbole / metaphor

11

 

Magic 3

11

 

Metaphor

11

 

Repetition

11

 

Allusion

11

 

Metaphor

13

 

Magic 3

13

 

Magic 3

13

 

Magic 3

13

 

Personification?

13

 

Onomatopoeia

14

 

CHARACTER INFO

Character

Detail

Narrator

 

Narrator’s family

 

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THEME INFO AND SYMBOLS

ANSWER THE QUESTIONS BY EXPLAINING YOUR OPINION USING SPECIFIC DETAILS FROM THE TEXT TO SUPPORT YOUR POINT OF VIEW. INCLUDE PAGE NUMBERS WITH YOUR TEXT REFERENCES.

1. Why IS chicken so important to the narrator?

What does it symbolize for him?

2. In this chapter, author Sherman Alexis makes extensive use of repetition, particularly in

groupings of three. This is referred to as “the Magic 3”. Look at some of the examples and imagine cutting out one or two items in the three item lists. Would the chapter be as effective, as vivid or as clear? Give reasons for your answer and use examples.

3. What are some information that the author and narrator provide about the setting (time / location)

in this chapter?

4. Choose one of these two questions:

(a)

What proof do we have that the narrator (Junior) feels powerless in the world?

(b)

OR

Can you empathize (imagine how it felt) for the narrator (Junior) as he ran away from his father at the end of the chapter?

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