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					The Curious Incident . . . in the Night-Time
                                    Study Guide Questions

      Answer the study guide questions from each section in complete sentences. (Ex.
       “Christopher is fascinated with…. because…”)
      Submit these answers on looseleaf paper, skipping lines between questions, or even
       better, type them.) Attach this sheet to the front of your questions.

Section 1, p. 1-34               Due:_
1. Why is Christopher fascinated with illustrations, diagrams and maps? How do they help us
    understand him?
2. List three things Chris likes and three things he dislikes. Explain his reasons for each
like/dislike listed.
3. How does Christopher’s father show him love?
4. What makes Chris feel safe? What makes him feel unsafe?
5. Why does Christopher find people confusing?

Section 2, p. 34-74       Due:
1. What causes Christopher to become violent? Give an example.
2. Why does Christopher believe he’d make a good astronaut?
3. Authors usually change the font (type or lettering) for emphasis. When and why does
Christopher change the font?
4. How does Christopher’s reasoning (p. 41& 42) differ from ours?
5. Christopher lists his behavior problems on page 46. Which of the behaviors do you consider
to be “normal?” Which behaviors do you think put stress on a family and/or marriage? Explain.

Section 3, p. 75-115 Due:
1. Christopher compares his mind to a computer doing searches and to a DVD player. Explain
how his mind makes sense of what he’s experiencing.
2. Christopher has difficulties with rhetorical questions. What is a rhetorical question and why
would he have trouble understanding them?
3. Explain Christopher’s color preferences. How do colors help him deal with the world?
4. How does Christopher discover his mother is alive? What is his reaction?
5. Why does his mother say she left him with his father? Do you agree or disagree with her
actions and why?

Section 4, p. 115-144            Due:
1. Who killed Wellington and why? What does the killer’s confession reveal about his family
situation and the community’s perception of the disabled?
2. Was the killer justified in stabbing the dog? Explain your answer.
3. What role do pictures have in Christopher’s thinking?
4. Why do new places exhaust Christopher?
                        The Curious Incident . . . in the Night-Time
                                    Study Guide Questions

      Answer the study guide questions from each section in complete sentences. (Ex.
       “Christopher is fascinated with…. because…”)
      Submit these answers on looseleaf paper, skipping lines between questions, or even
       better, type them.)

Section 5, p. 144-179             Due:
1. While sitting in the train station, Christopher says, “I did a maths problem to make my head
clearer.” Why might a “normal” person find this statement to be ironic?
2. Besides doing math problems, what other coping skills does Christopher employ in the train
station?
3. Although Christopher excels at higher level math, we learn he doesn’t understand money and
must ask the policeman for help buying the ticket. How do you account for the unevenness in
his abilities?
4. Why does Christopher’s perception of the signs differ on p. 169 and 170?
5. After Christopher gets off the first train in London, how is he able to figure out which train
to take next?

Section 6, p. 179-221            Due:
1. Christopher finds himself in a life or death situation while trying to retrieve Toby from the
train tracks. What did you find to be the most frightening or disturbing part of this scene?
Why do you think the author included this scene in the novel?
 2. What constitutes a “happy dream” for Christopher? How does it compare to a “normal”
person’s happy dream?
3. When Christopher’s father arrives, he and his mother argue about Christopher. Who do you
feel is more at fault, his mother who left or his father who lied about his mother’s death?
Explain.
4. After he arrives at his mother’s house, Christopher keeps insisting that he needs to take his
A-level exams. What is his mother’s reaction to his demands? What does this tell us about her
relationship with him?
4. How has Christopher changed by the end of the book?

				
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