Name_______________________#_____ Date: Home Team: The Wave By: Todd Strasser Students in Ben Ross’s history class at Gordon High School are studying World War II and having difficulty understanding the heedless way in which many of the German people followed Hitler. In an effort to have students experience Hitler’s manipulation of his people, Ross creates an experiment, The Wave. The experiment mushrooms and, within a week, governs the majority of the school with its motto: “Strength Through Discipline, Strength Through Community, Strength Through Action.” A few dissenting students recognize the danger in “The Wave” and attempt to stop the movement before it is too late. Genre: Fiction, based on an actual classroom occurrence in Palo Alto, California, 1969. Setting: Gordon High School Point of view: Third person omniscient Themes: Power, control, group pressure Conflict: Person vs. Person, Person vs. Self, and Person vs. Society *Please complete the entire study guide on a separate sheet of paper! Vocabulary: Directions: After you have located the vocabulary word in the book, use a dictionary to define the word by the context as it is used in the sentence. 1. Perpetual 2. Befuddled 3. Menial 4. Permeated 5. Inexplicable 6. Incessant 7. Regiment 8. Appeased 9. Allegiance 10. Resurgence 11. Sabbatical 12. Evolved 13. Enhance 14. Skeptically 15. Utopian 16. Fascist 17. Ironically 18. Antagonistic 19. Usurp 20. Compliance Characters: Directions: Using complete sentences, write at least two character traits, either physical or personality wise, to describe who they are. 1. Ben Ross 2. Eric 3. Laurie Saunders 4. Robert Billings 5. Christy Ross 6. Mr. Saunders 7. Mrs. Saunders 8. David Collins 9. Deutsch 10. Amy Smith 11. Owens 12. Brad 13. Brian Ammon 14. Alex Cooper 15. Schiller 16. Carl Block Questions: Directions: Answer each question in complete sentences. Chapter One 1. Describe Ben Ross’s reputation with students and faculty at Gordon High School. Chapter Two 2. How many men, women, and children were murdered in Nazi extermination camps? Chapter Three 3. What does David think is the primary problem with the Gordon High School football team? What is their next big challenge? Chapter Four 4. What bothers Ross about his student s’ reaction to t he film about Hitler and Nazi Germany? What does he decide to do? Chapter Five 5. How do most of the students react to Ross’s plan? Chapter Six 6. What does Ross add to the slogan for his experiment? What name has he selected? 7. At first who does not join in reciting the slogans? Why do you think they react this way? 8. Identify the symbol and the salute for The Wave. Chapter Seven 9. What does Laurie stress as a positive aspect of The Wave? 10. How do Laurie’s parents react when she talks with them about The Wave? Compare their reaction to the way you think your parents would react in a similar situation. Chapter Eight 11. Has The Wave had a positive or negative effect on the football team? Explain your answer. 12. Explain the new addition to The Wave requirements and its effect on the students. 13. What effect does The Wave have on Robert Billings? Chapter Nine 14. Identify the unexpected things that begin to occur due to The Wave. What troubles Ross? 15. What is the biggest story in Gordon High School? Why is Laurie reluctant to print the story? What does she decide to do and why? Chapter Ten 16. Why does Principal Owens summon Ross to his office? What is the result? 17. Why will Ross be relieved if Principal Owens tells him to stop The Wave? Chapter Eleven 18. Is the effect of the anonymous letter Laurie receives positive or negative? Explain your answer. 19. Why is Robert following Ross down the hall? What is Ross’s response? Chapter Twelve 20. Who joins Laurie in going against The Wave? What do they decide to do? 21. What complication does Mr. Saunders add to the plot? Chapter Thirteen 22. Why do some members of The Grapevine staff fail to attend the meeting to prepare a special addition of the paper about The Wave? Chapter Fourteen 23. What does Laurie have to do before the paper comes out? Why? What is the result? Chapter Fifteen 24. Explain what happens between Laurie and David? 25. How does Ross feel about ending The Wave? 26. What do David and Laurie do after David almost hurts Laurie? What is the result? Chapter Sixteen 27. Who is Ross planning to involve in his solution to The Wave? Why? 28. What announcement does Ross make in History class? Chapter Seventeen 29. Describe The Wave rally. "The Wave By: Todd Strasser Freshmen Summer Reading." Peotone Community School District. Web. 21 Feb. 2010. <http://www.peotoneschools.org/9.pdf>.