“Old Ben” and “The Fox Hunt”

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					“Old Ben” and “Fox Hunt”

 Comparing Narrative Structures
   Where have you heard the word structure
    used outside of school?
   What do you think structure means when
    referring to literary texts?
       Structure refers to the way an author puts the
        parts of a story together and in order.
   How do you discover the internal structure
    of a physical object?
       To “take apart” a story, we can consider,
        “How would this story be different if any of
        the parts were removed or moved?”
           Analyzing “Old Ben”
   (1) How are the events in “Old Ben”
    organized?
   (2) Identify two clues that foreshadow Old
    Ben’s death. Explain how the clue
    connects to the end.
   (3) Imagine that the section beginning
    “That spring and summer…” and ending
    with “got back to his crib” on page 92 was
    deleted from the story. What difference
    would that make?
(4) (a) How much time passes in the course of
       “Old Ben?”
    (b) Why is the passing of time significant to
       the story? Explain two reasons.
(5) Imagine that “Old Ben” began with this line
  from the end: “We stood silently for a minute
  looking at the broad, smooth track Old Ben had
  left in the sand” (93); then imagine that the rest
  of the story was told as the narrator’s flashback
  before that final moment. How would that
  change the story?
            Analyzing “Fox Hunt”
   (1) Identify at least two events from Andy
    and/or his family’s past besides the story Andy’s
    mother tells. Explain the effect of each past
    event on Andy’s life in the present.
   (2) (a) Which pages include a lengthy
        flashback?
        (b) Describe two parallels between the
        flashback and Andy’s life.
   (3) Identify two clues that foreshadow Lee’s
    identity as a fox spirit, and explain how each
    clue points to her identity.

   (4) How do Andy’s dreams relate to the rest
    of the story?
                  Reminder

   Structure refers to the way an author puts
    the parts of a story together and in order.
   When the questions on the next slide ask
    about the stories’ structures, I mean for
    you to talk about how the events are
    connected and ordered, not just what
    happened in the stories.
Comparing Narrative Structures
   (1) Which story’s structure is easier to understand?
    Why?
   (2) What do the structures of “Old Ben” and “Fox
    Hunt” have in common?
   (3) How are the structures of “Old Ben” and “Fox
    Hunt” different?
   (4) (a) Which story weaves together past and
    present events?
        (b) What risk does an author take by describing
    and referring to past events throughout a story?
   (5) Choose any scene from either story and
    describe how the story would be different if
    that scene was moved somewhere else in the
    story. How would that structural change
    affect the reader’s understanding and
    experience of the story? (You may not use
    the scene I asked you about in #5 of
    “Analyzing ‘Old Ben.’”)

				
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