Killing Mr. Griffin
Extra Credit Assignment
1. Read the novel
2. Complete the attached study guide
3. Create a 10 question, multiple choice quiz (include answer key)
4. Create a project sheet with at least 5 project choices on it
This extra credit assignment is due when you return from Christmas break (January 2, 2012).
If not completed in full by then, you will not receive any credit. You may not print it out, bring it
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Killing Mr. Griffin
Answer the following questions in the spaces below. Answer each completely and in a descriptive manner!
1. Journal #1: What makes a good teacher? What makes a bad teacher?
2. Look closely at the opening three paragraphs. What has spring to do with the story? Examine the imagery in
these paragraphs. Is there a pattern? The dust?
3. How did the author intend to portray Mr. Griffin?
4. Why did Mark and Lana break up?
5. Why did Mark fail English the first time?
6. Describe Jeff and Mark’s friendship.
7. Describe Mark’s plan (list his thoughts).
8. Explain the reason for choosing Susan as a decoy.
9. The tern sadistic means taking pleasure in another’s pain. To whom would the word apply? Why?
10. Journal Entry #2: What motivates people to murder? Is murder ever justifiable? Why or why not and
when? What should society do to help bring down the murder rate? How should society educate and mediate
murderers in society to prevent and reduce murders?
11. Plot Review – Fill in the blanks:
Five kids are providing their English teacher, ________________________, with what they hope to be the scare
of his life. The leader or mastermind of the plan, ________________________, is especially motivated because
this is his second time through the class.
________________________, the cheerleader and ________________________, the basketball player, are already
friends with the leader. They recruit two unlikely participants, ________________________, a junior who has
a crush on the president of the senior class, ________________________. All but her are
________________________ and need the course to ________________________. Their teacher is not likely to
make it easy for them to do so.
12. Explain the role of each high school character’s role in the kidnapping plot:
13. Explain why each person goes along with the “crime”:
14. Why is Susan so happy at the end of Chapter 4?
15. Why did Susan really join the others?
16. Predict what you think the group will do now.
17. Describe Mr. Griffin’s wife. What is so surprising about her? What is so surprising about their relationship?
18. What did Mr. Griffin do before he taught high school English? Why is he such a strict teacher?
19. What does Mrs. Irma Ruggles (Gram) do to occupy her time?
20. What did David make special for Gram? Why does this action surprise readers? What is happening in
David’s life that influences him to do what he is doing?
21. Betsy called her mom where she was playing cards. Who does mom think Betsy is with?
22. How does Betsy arrange this (list 3 ways)?
23. Where did David get the tranquillizers to put in the jello?
24. What does Susan do wrong to add a “wrench” into the plan? How does she react to the kidnapping?
25. Why did Betsy participate in the kidnapping plan? (It was more than her not liking him.)
26. What did Betsy find on the path? What did Jeff think it is?
27. What did Betsy want to see Mr. Griffin do when he was tied up? What did Mark want to see him do?
28. What does Susan discover as she is talking to David in her mother’s car? What does Susan talk David into
29. Describe three of the topics that Susan and David talked about on their ride that night.
30. Who did Mr. Griffin remind David of? Why?
31. How did Susan react when she first sees Mr. Griffin? What did David discover when they found him?
32. Plot Review – Fill in the blanks:
After a tough but successful kidnapping, they leave there teacher ________________________ (location). Two
kids, ________________________ and ________________________, are having second thoughts. In fact, they
decide to go back and release him by themselves. When they arrive, they find out it’s too late – he’s
33. Who does the group think has all the answers? Why?
34. Why does Sue want to ask for help? Who does she think they should turn to?
35. When Mark hears the news, what is his first concern regarding Sue?
36. In what ways does Mark use Betsey? (Remember, he’s observant enough to know she is attracted to him.)
37. When Mark was planning his scenario, he used their ages as a convincing factor. How has that changed all
of a sudden?
38. Mark seems to have quite the knowledge of the legal system. What conclusion might we draw?
39. What is the plan for Mr. Griffin’s car and body?
40. How does Mark rationalize Mr. Griffin’s death?
41. What do we learn about Mark’s dad?
42. Why did Mark go to live with his aunt and uncle? What do they think of him?
43. What was ironic about David’s grandmother’s description of “going to sleep like Snow White”?
44. Why does Susan tell the police that Mr. Griffin seemed nervous during their meeting after school?
45. Why does Jeff argue with Betsy while David digs the grave?
46. Why does David leave his jacket in the grave?
47. How does Mark act during the burial?
48. Why does Mark want Betsy to drive Mr. Griffin’s car to the airport?
49. What is the final step in their alibi before they go home?
50. How do you think the police officer at the airport knew Betsy?
51. Predict how you think the police officer will contribute to the plot.
52. Journal Entry #3: Lies – cheating is this way of life for young adults? Why do you think American culture
has become so used to lies and untruthful behaviors?
53. How has Susan’s perception or feelings toward her family changed since the beginning of the novel?
54. Who goes to visit Susan at her house? Why?
55. What is the one lie that Mrs. Griffin caught Susan in?
56. What lie does Mark tell Mrs. Griffin?
57. What did Mrs. Griffin say to Susan and David that surprised them?
58. According to Gram. Ruggles, David is acting weird because he is meeting with someone. Who does she say
David is meeting?
59. What piece of evidence was turned into the police? Who turned it in?
60. What two things were missing when they found Mr. Griffin?
61. Should Susan to go the funeral? Why or why not?
62. What lies has Mark told the Garrett family about his aunt and uncle?
63. What doesn’t Jeff’s mom like about Mark?
64. What is ironic about the statement made by Mr. Garrett: “You can tell Mark’s got a crush on Betsy, but what
girl would like twice at him with Jeff around?”
65. What is ironic about the following statement by Jeff’s dad: “IT makes you wonder where the parents are
while all that’s going on”?
66. Journal Entry #4: Patterns- are they repeated? Are these characters trapped by their past? Are they all
destined to repeat previous errors made by their parents? Or is there something else being suggested? Be
specific and detained and not superficial in your response. How can the pasts of the average American come
back to “haunt” them or trap them into a way of life? Give examples.
67. Why was Susan alone in the house?
68. What does Betsy want Susan to do for her?
69. Why didn’t Betsy and Jeff stop at David’s house?
70. Why did Susan have to make the phone call to David?
71. What did Susan find out when she called David’s house?
72. Why does Susan think Mark killed David’s grandmother?
73. Journal #5: Compare and contras the students’ relationships with their parents. How are these
relationships crucial to the story’s outcome?
74. How do Jeff and Betsy react when Susan tells them she thinks Mark killed David’s grandmother?
75. What does Susan want to do with this information?
76. How does Ophelia’s song sum up the story? Analyze it closely.
77. Discuss the disparity (the difference) between what Mr. Griffin writes on Susan’s paper and the insecurity
and fear she felt around Mr. Griffin himself when he was alive.
78. Journal #6: How realistic is the author’s depiction of the students’ anger and frustration regarding tough
grades? Is it just low grades that cause the problems?
79. What does Mr. Griffin’s ring symbolize?
80. Why and how can Mark be considered a psychopath?
81. Journal #7: Is murder always related to one’s sanity? Is there such a think as an accident when murder is