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The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Chapter 1:

Pre-reading vocabulary:                 1. carnage

                                                             2. precursors

Post-reading discussion:

1. Discuss the point of view of the "common" people toward the aristocracy. Give two examples. Do you think that the commoners are justified? Why or why not?

Chapter 2:

Pre-reading vocabulary:                  1. insularity

                                                               2. peremptory

                                                               3. equanimity

Post-reading discussion:

1. Explain the attitudes of Mr. Jellyband and Mr. Hempseed toward the French Revolution. Use at least one quote per character. Which do you side with and why?

Chapter 3:

Pre-reading vocabulary:                 1. defernetially

                                                             2. reprobate

Post-reading discussion:

1. Discuss the general feelings of English citizens toward the French Revolution and what heightened these feelings? Use three examples.

Chapter 4:

Pre-reading vocabulary:                1. tribunal

                                                            2. enigmatical

                                                             3. plebeian

Post-reading discussion:

1. Describe the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel and explain why they are willing to risk their lives. Would you be willing to risk your life for that cause. Why or why not?

Chapter 5:

Pre-reading vocabulary:                  1. erstwhile

                                                              2. bereft

                                                              3. inane

Post-reading discussion:

1. Describe Marguerite Blakeney. Is she a traitor?



A Separate Peace by John Knowles


Chapter 1: