Delirium: The Special Edition

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Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe.

I wonder whether the procedure will hurt.

I want to get it over with.

It’s hard to be patient.

It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet.

Still, I worry.

They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness.

The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.

Lauren Oliver astonished readers with her stunning debut, Before I Fall. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it “raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful. An end as brave as it is heartbreaking.” Her much-awaited second novel fulfills her promise as an exceptionally talented and versatile writer.

Curriculet Details
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3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 9th and 10th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining themes, foreshadowing, and the setting of Portland, Maine. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about undocumented immigration and references to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as well as other poetic texts. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of theme, character, and dystopian fiction. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension. This title pairs well with Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."

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Chapter One

Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
To learn more about this story, check out this interactive book trailer by author Lauren Oliver.  (This annotation contains a video)
What happened to the narrator's mother? This sentence is an example of foreshadowing because it draws the reader's attention to something that the writer will later include in the story. To learn more about foreshadowing, view this quick video.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Amor deliria nervosa is the medical terminology for ___. 
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Lena says that some years ago, the government broadcast film of a girl jumping off a roof to avoid being cured. What kind of government would broadcast such a warning to its citizens? What does Lena’s government want for its people? 

Chapter Two

Smells are often linked to emotional memories. To learn more, take a look at this video from Big Think.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Scent can be a powerful memory trigger. As seen here, the smell of oranges reminds the narrator of her mother's funeral.What memory do you have that is linked to a particular smell? Use descriptive writing to recount the smell and event.  
Researchers have found that attachments to family members established early in life can lead to a number of outcomes, including being more independent, performing better in school, having successful social relationships, and experiencing less depression and anxiety. From the narrator's description, it seems that Grace never properly bonded with her mother. View the video below to learn more about the Attachment Theory. (This annotation contains a video)
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The evaluators determine for each person all of the following EXCEPT ______. 
Describing the stairs moaning like a person is an example of personification. Watch the video below to learn more about personification.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Based on this passage, what can the reader infer about the narrator? 

Chapter Three

This sentence is packed with literary devices: imagery, assonance, metaphor, simile, onomatopoeia, and personification. Can you see the literary devices in the sentence? View this video to check your understanding.  (This annotation contains a video)
Delirium is set in Portland, Maine. Examine this map to find the location of Portland.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How does Aunt Carol want Lena to answer the questions during the evaluation, and why? 
Making her story come to life, author Lauren Oliver references real places. Deering Oaks Park is a well known park in Portland, Maine. Examine this map to see its location. (This annotation contains an image)
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Based on this excerpt, what can the reader infer about Hana? 
The reference to Mad Libs games is an example of an allusion. Allusions are quick references to things the reader should already know about. Mad Libs is a child's game that creates a new funny story by changing a few selected words in the story. (This annotation contains an image)
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The highlighted excerpt is an example of which of the following literary devices? 
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What do you think Hana means when she says to Lena, "You can't be happy unless you're unhappy sometimes"? 

Chapter Four

Author Lauren Oliver begins Chapter 4 with an allusion to the Bible story of the Garden of Eden, but notice that the story is changed to fit the dystopian society featured in Delirium: love, not knowledge, is the cause of Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the garden of Eden. 
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During stressful situations, Lena giggles when nervous. What do you do when you are nervous?  
Do you notice that Lena seems to be jealous of Hana? Lena thinks that no one could possibly choose her and lives in the shadow of her best friend. Whereas self-confident Hana is unhappy with having the government determine her future, Lena finds comfort in having having a pre-determined, worry-free life planned out for her because she does not have self-confidence. 
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Why does Lena feel like laughing? 
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With which disease was Lena's mother afflicted? 
The allusion to Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet provides some foreshadowing for later in this story. To learn more about Romeo and Juliet, view this video.  (This annotation contains a video)
The theme of appearances and perception is developed throughout this story. As you continue reading, you will see that Lena often talks about the definition of beauty and what makes something beautiful.  
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Why do you think that Lena feels she is unable to tell the evaluators her favorite color? 
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What is Lena's favorite color, and why? 
Invalids are those who choose not to be cured and live in the Wilds outside of the borders of Portland or are under-cover resisters living in the city.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What does this detail reveal about the boy on the observation deck? 

Chapter Five

This is another well-known rhyme that author Lauren Oliver changes to fit the dystopian society in Delirium. Here are the original lines of the rhyme: "Step on a crack, you'll break your mama's back, Step on a line, break your mother’s spine, Step on a hole, break your mother’s sugar bowl, Step on a nail, you’ll put your dad in jail." As you continue reading, think about why well-known stories and rhymes are changed in this novel. 
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What is Grace's secret? 
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How is the official story of the incident different from what actually occurred? Why do you think the news reported the incident differently? 
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Consider this statement by professor John Henrik Clarke: "To hold a people in oppression you have to convince them first that they are supposed to be oppressed."Is the government in Delirium really protecting Lena and others in her community with the rules imposed upon them? Why or why not? 
Why do we dream?  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why do you think Hana is excited by the thought that the Invalids caused the cow incident in the labs? 
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Which of the themes in this story is illustrated in this passage? 
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What can the reader infer from Hana and Lena's reaction? 
Commercial Street exists in modern day Portland, Maine. Take a look at the map to see it running along the water.  (This annotation contains an image)
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In Lena’s society, uncured girls are segregated from uncured boys. Imagine if you were a teenager in Lena's society and never allowed to spend time with the opposite gender. Would you follow the rules or would you try to rebel against society’s rules knowing the consequences? Explain your response. 
The physical pain that Lena experiences during running is most likely caused by reaching her lactic acid threshold. To learn more about one's lactic acid threshold, view this video. (This annotation contains a video)
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What do you think it would be like to live without desire or pain? What purpose does desire and pain have in life? 
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One of the boy says, "They're pretty subtle. Only a few dozen of them. I can see how you might not have noticed." He is using a ____ tone of voice. 
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Other than the awkwardness of talking to boys and contracting amor deliria nervosa, what do you think might be the government's ultimate purpose for keeping boys and girls segregated? 
Here is a picture of the harbor as seen from the hill Lena and Alex climb. (This annotation contains an image)
Here is a picture of the Portland skyline as seen from Back Cove. (This annotation contains an image)
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Lena realizes about Alex all of the following EXCEPT ______.  

Chapter Six

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While nursery rhymes can be silly songs, they can also be used to teach children. This nursery rhyme,"A Child's Walk Home," teaches children all of the following EXCEPT ____.  
Did you memorize the multiplication tables in elementary school? (This annotation contains an image)
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As mentioned in previous chapters, Lena doesn't mind when decisions are made for her. Notice here that Lena again can't make up her mind and wants some higher force like luck or fate to decide for her. Why do you think Lena stresses about making decisions? 
Can you recognize facial expressions? Here is a quick guide.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Based on what you have read so far, describe the relationship between Lena and her Aunt Carol. Do you think Aunt Carol loves Lena?  
Preble Street is a real street in Portland, Maine. (This annotation contains a link)
Author Lauren Oliver uses actual streets and locations in Portland, Maine to give her story some realism. Check out this Google Map of the intersection of Preble Street and Baxter Boulevard. Watch this video to zoom in on the map. (This annotation contains a video)
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Think about how Lena reacts during this scene with the Regulators. She states, "No matter what the regulators do, they exist for our protection, for our own good."  Considering Lena's behavior during this scene, who or what are the Regulators protecting? 
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The water is an enormous mirror is an example of which of the following literary devices? 

Chapter Seven

Mary Magdalene is a Biblical figure. She is usually thought of as the second-most important woman in the New Testament after Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary Magdalene traveled with Jesus as one of his followers and was present at Jesus' two most important moments: the crucifixion and the resurrection. As you read the next few paragraphs, think about how the author has adapted the story of Mary Magdalene to align with the dystopian society.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why do you think Lena's mother named her after Mary Magdelena? 
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Lena thinks of her visit to Harlowe Davis' house is "one of the nicest days [she has] had in a long time." Why do you think this is? 
While Lena and the other girls become bored listening to Principal McIntosh drone on, visit this site to learn about the anatomy of a great commencement speech.  (This annotation contains a link)
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Refer to the descriptions of Theresa Grass, Morgan Dell, Elanor Rana, and Annie Hahn from earlier in the chapter and their reactions to graduation in this paragraph. How have the girls changed after being cured?  

Chapter Eight

The Elemental Prayers mention elements from the Periodic Table. To review all the elements sing along to this song. (This annotation contains a video)
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How is the meaning of the Fourth of July in Lena's world different from the meaning of the Fourth of July in American society? 
Notice as you continue reading how more and more things are restricted and controlled in Lena's society. How would you feel if the government decided what books you could read and what music you could listen to? 
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Why does Lena think that Hana has "been morphing into a stranger"?   
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Hana insists to Lena that these final days before the 'cure' are their last chances to __________. 
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Do you agree that Hana lives the perfect life? What do you think could be missing from Hana's life?  
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What finally causes Lena to storm out of Hana's room during their argument? 

Chapter Nine

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Which of the following is NOT a memory Lena has of her mother: 
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How was Hana wrong? 
Do you agree with Lena's opinion of Edgar Allan Poe's story The Telltale Heart? Read it by clicking on the link below and formulate your own opinion. (This annotation contains a link)
Examine the map below to find the locations that Oliver is writing about.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Lena describes the music and a singing voice “as thick and heavy as warm honey, spilling up and down a scale." What kind of music do you think Lena is describing? Does it remind you of any particular musician or song? 
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"...plucking me like a string" is an example of which of the following literary devices? 
You can infer that Lena would experience stage fright singing in front of 5 people, let alone a crowd of 500. Stage fright is common for everyone from Broadway actors to professional presenters. If you have stage fright, then you may start to feel nervous, shaky, or even completely debilitated at the thought of performing in front of an audience. View this video to learn how to overcome stage fright.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why do you think Lena doesn't want Hana to know that she thinks about the band? 
This is an example of HYPERBOLE. Lena's cheeks are not actually burning, but instead she is feeling embarrassed by the situation and her face is flushed.  
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Alex tells Lena that the music and the illegal parties are all right because “nobody’s hurting anybody." Do you agree? Why or why not? 
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Alex explains the cow incident and his presence on the observation deck using all of the following reasons EXCEPT 
Temper tantrums are a normal part of development and don't have to be seen as something negative. Unlike adults, children don't have the same inhibitions or control. Children are trying to master their world and when they aren't able to accomplish a task, they turn to one of the only tools at their disposal for venting frustration — a tantrum. Frustration is an unavoidable part of children's lives as they learn how people, objects, and their own bodies work. As children grow, they learn positive coping skills to manage their frustration. Notice how even the normal behavior of a child's temper tantrum is considered a potential sign of deliria in Lena's society.  
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Based on Alex's question the reader can infer all of the following EXCEPT ___.  
Monument Square is a town square in Portland, Maine. The statue that Alex and Lena refer to as "the Governor" is the Our Lady of Victories statue, located in the center of Monument Square and honors those who died fighting in the Cicil War.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Notice how Lena describes a statue that looks much different from the Our Lady of Victories statue that is in Monument Square. Based on Lena's description, what do you think was the original intent of the "Governor" statue? Who or what was the statue honoring? 
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Based on this description, the reader can infer that Lena is _____. 
Despite Alex saying he is not flirting, context clues show that he is flirting with Lena. To learn more about the science of flirting, view this video.  (This annotation contains a video)
Delirium, Chapters 1-9 Quiz 

Chapter Ten

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In what ways does the diagnosis of and treatment for amor deliria nervosa mimic our real-world diagnosis of and treatment of mental illness? 
View this map to see the locations of East End Beach, the Eastern Promenade, and Tukey's Bridge. (This annotation contains an image)
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Lena over exaggerates the silence. This is an example of which of the following literary devices? 
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The author Lauren Oliver likely used her personal memories as inspiration for Lena's memory of swimming with her mom. How do you think it helps authors to draw on their own experiences?  
Great Diamond Island is located just off the coast of Portland, ME.  (This annotation contains an image)
The description of the bridge provides a clue that this story is set in the future.  (This annotation contains an image)
As the scene continues pay careful to the author's use of foreshadowing. Notice the descriptions of Alex's reactions to Lena's comments. At this moment, we do not know why he is grimacing, but this will lead up to an important revelation. Keep reading to see what will happen. 
Swap out the word "invalid" for "undocumented" and you will realize that Lauren Oliver has included a controversial modern topic in her novel: illegal immigration. To learn more about undocumented immigrants in modern-American society watch this video from TIME magazine. (This annotation contains a video)
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Alex revealed to Lena all of the following EXCEPT 
Analyze how Lena has been taught to fear Invalids from her family and society. This is an example of institutional discrimination which refers to the unjust and discriminatory mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals by organizations such as governments and corporations, financial institutions, public institutions, and other societal entities. 
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Examine Alex's reaction to Lena's fear. Why do you think he feels hurt?  

Chapter Eleven

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Based on the definition of the word blitz, what word best describes the manner in which The Great Sanitation occurred? 
Scientists suspect that taste, in addition to smells, are tied to memory. To learn more, click on the blue hyperlink to read an article by the New York Times on how taste is connected to memory. (This annotation contains a link)
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Compare and contrast what you know of marriage in toady's society with what you've read about marriage in the society of Delirium. What role do you think marriage plays in Lena’s society? 
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Using the Define feature in Curriculet, write your own sentence using the word cajoling. You may change the tense as needed.  
Smiles and "a room full of teeth" are examples of synecdoche. Synecdoche is a literary device that uses a part of something to refer to the whole.  
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What are the results of Lena's evaluation? 
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The Book of Shhh states: “Marriage is Order and Stability, the mark of a Healthy society.” If marriage provides stability and order to a society, what do you think marriage should provide to the individual person? 

Chapter Twelve

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What do you think is the meaning of the saying You came from different starts and you'll come to different ends. Why does Lena understand it now? 
Author Lauren Oliver continually adapts allusions to suit the dystopic vision she creates in this story. It was Geoffery Chaucer, famous English poet, who penned the phrase, "Time and tide wait for no man." Watch this video to learn more about the life and work of Chaucer, then think about why Lauren Oliver would have adapted Chaucer's words. (This annotation contains a video)
Hana's parents are trying to teach her financial literacy skills. Managing money is an important part of adulthood, and in an effort to prepare graduates, financial literacy has become part of the curriculum at many schools. Click on the blue hyperlink below to visit a site that teaches you about financial literacy through playing games.  (This annotation contains a link)
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This sentence is an example of which of the following literary devices? 
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Using the Define feature of Curriculet, write a sentence that uses the word "gesticulate." You may change the part of speech or verb tense as needed. 
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Based on this description, the reader can infer that 

Chapter Thirteen

Author Lauren Oliver not only uses real locations in Portland, Maine as part of the setting, but she also excludes well-known places. For example, the only college available for students to attend is the Regional College of Portland, but if you click on the link below, and you will see that there are numerous colleges that are located in the Portland area.  (This annotation contains a link)
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What is best definition of the word vetted as used in the context of this sentence? 
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How does Lena's family react to the news that a raid is taking place? 
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The government ’s raids are incredibly invasive. Lena says, “Private property laws are suspended on raid nights. Pretty much every law is suspended on raid nights.” Why do you think the citizens allow such raids to take place? 
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Where is Lena going? 
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Notice how the brutality of Lena's society extends to family pets. If your family pet was wounded or killed during a raid, how would you react? 
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As Lena walks away from Riley, her neighbors’ dog, as he dies, all she can think is, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry." Why is she sorry? If you follow the rules in a society like Lena’s, are you complicit in or responsible for the bad things that happen? 
Deering Highlands is a real neighborhood in Portland, Maine. Examine the map below to learn more. (This annotation has embedded rich content)
Despite Deering Highlands being a real neighborhood, 42 Tanglewild Lane is a fictional address.  
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If you were Lena, how would you warn everyone about the raid? 
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Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense. Symbolism gives a writer freedom to add layers of meaning to their work.For Lena, what does the dog Riley symbolize?  

Chapter Fourteen

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The word mauled has various definitions. Write your own sentence that uses the word mauled in the same manner as seen here. You may change the verb tense as needed.  
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Who's familiar voice does Lena hear? 
Diction can be defined as the words and phrases an author uses to create an effect in writing. Here author Lauren Oliver uses short sentences and phrases to emphasize the action and chaos of the scene. Phrases such as "shadows falling" and "bone cracking" emphasize the impersonal nature of the raider attack. The partygoers are not seen as people, but instead as targets.  
Borders such as fences and walls are symbols of protection, but they are also symbols of oppression. As you continue reading, think about why the society featured in this story would want to keep people penned in.  
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Alex questions whether conformity would really make Lena happy. What do you think the answer to that is? 

Chapter Fifteen

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What will happen in five weeks? 
Notice that while Lena wants time to pass by quickly right now, Lena and Alex have only a short time to be together until she is cured. The passage of time is a prevalent motif or theme in this chapter. As you continue reading, pay attention to how often time is mentioned. 
Charades is an acting game in which one player acts out a word or phrase, often by miming similar-sounding words, and the other players guess the word or phrase. Lena compares this game to how she and Alex have to act to fool people around them. 
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Based on Hana's full description of the raid, the reader can infer that 
Lena describes Hana's mouth as "literally" falling open. The word, literally, is often misused. Watch this video to see if Lena is using it correctly in this sentence.  (This annotation contains a video)
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The word minute can be pronounced in two ways, /ˈminit/  and /mīˈn(y)o͞ot,mə-/, with both pronunciations having different meanings.What is the meaning of the word minute as seen in the context of this sentence? 
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What is Hana most concerned about when she reacts to Lena's story, and why? 
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How did Hana hurt her leg? 
As you continue reading, think about whether characters are dynamic or static. To learn more about static and dynamic characters, view this quick video.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Hana is impressed with Lena because she did something uncharacteristic of herself. Do you think this shows that Lena is a static or dynamic character?  

Chapter Sixteen

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What is the best definition of the word squatting as used in the context of this sentence? 
Do you remember the games you would play when you were young? Games are an important part of a child's development because they teach motor skills and socializing with others.  
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Why do you think people would "miss the pain"? What purpose does pain serve in life? 
This passage illustrates another key theme in this novel: how perspective influences perception. People construct their own versions of reality depending on their perspective. Love can be seen as miraculous or a disease depending on perspective. Lena, having been influenced by institutionalized prejudice, originally saw love as a disease, but now having started a relationship with Alex, she realizes that love can make her see the world differently. 
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Notice author Lauren Oliver's use of diction and sentence structure to emphasize the snapshot moments and quick passage of time.  Using this sentence as a model, write your own sentence to describe a time when you thought time was passing too quickly.  

Chapter Seventeen

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What is the penalty if Lena and Alex are caught crossing the border?  
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Alex refers to the government’s tactics as “smoke and mirrors." What do you think he means? 
As you continue reading, think about the reasons that Alex and other Invalids cross the border, while keeping in mind the connection to modern-American immigration issues. View this story by CBS News to learn about children from other countries illegally crossing the border into the United States.  (This annotation contains a video)
Notice how author Lauren Oliver periodically mentions Lena's mother throughout the story. Could this be an on-going example of foreshadowing? Continue reading to find out. 
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For Lena, the un-electrified border fence symbolizes  

Chapter Eighteen

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Write a sentence correctly using the word cacophony.  
St. Paul's Cathedral is located on Congress Street in Portland, Maine. Here is a photograph of the interior of the cathedral.  (This annotation contains an image)
Trail blazes denote the route of a path. One system of blazes includes painting symbols on a tree to denote turns and endpoints.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How is the history of the blitz a part of the institutional discrimination of Lena's society?  
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Why are the trees "splattered with blue paint"?  
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Based on Lena's reaction, what do you think is her opinion of Alex's trailer? 
Here are just three in a long list of major poets of whom you may have read or will read in English class. Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was an American poet who lived in Massachusetts and is known for her unusual use of form and syntax in poetry. Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet who is called the "father of free verse poetry." William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was a British poet who helped launch the age of Romantic literature.  
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Based on Lena's statement that she has never heard the word poetry before, you can infer that poetry is banned in Lena's society. Why do you think poetry would be considered subversive? 
Think back to the video we watched on Romeo and Juliet earlier. Can you see any parallels between the play and this novel?  
Alex reads to Lena Shakespeare's Sonnet 18. The poem begins with a question — "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" — and then reflects on it, remarking that the object of beauty is better than a summer's day. As you read along to the recitation of the poem in this video, notice that the theme of time is also prevalent in this poem. (This annotation contains a video)
Alex reads another famous poem to Lena, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the following words gets tangled in Lena's throat? 
Alex begins reciting E.E. Cummings' poem, "I carry your heart with me." E.E. Cummings (1894-1962) was a prolific American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. (This annotation contains an image)
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Sleeping Beauty is an example of which of the following literary devices? 
Quiz Chapters 10-18 

Chapter Nineteen

"Live Free or Die" is the official motto of the U.S. state of New Hampshire, adopted by the state in 1945. It is one of the best-known of all state mottoes because it speaks to an assertive independence historically found in American political philosophy. Notice that the description of this motto states that this is an "ancient saying, provenance unknown." What does this tell you about the time period of this novel? Why do you think Oliver includes this motto at the beginning of this chapter?  (This annotation contains an image)
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In the context of this sentence, what part of speech is the word nondescript?  
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Who is Brian Scharff? 
Bran Scharff was the name on the list of boys Lena was approved to marry by the evaluators. 
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What do you think the phrase make a beeline means? 
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Imagine you are Lena and write a note to Alex explaining why you are unable to meet him.  
This passage illustrates one of the main themes in this story: perception versus reality. Lena creates her own impressions of people and events based on what she perceives, however, reality does not always align with perception. We see this theme also illustrated in the structure of Lena's society: is the government protecting or oppressing its people?  
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How would you react if you were Lena and overheard Brian's comment? 
Have you ever wondered where the time goes? View this video to learn more about why time seems to fly.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What does Brian mean when he says that Lena in person isn't as pretty as in her picture? 
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During the Scharffs' visit, Lena learns about Brian all of the following EXCEPT 

Chapter Twenty

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What does Lena mean when she states that she has woken up? 
Visit this Delirium Fandom webpage by clicking on the blue hyperlink to read more from The Book of Shhh. (This annotation contains a link)
This sentence is an example of hyperbole. Lena exaggerates the probability that Alex will check the Governor's fist.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How does Lena think Alex reacted to see her with Brian Scharff? 
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What do you think Lena and Alex should do?  
Similar to earlier in the story, we see Alex react to something Lena says. While we do not know why he is acting as if "he's just seen a ghost," we can guess that there will be a revelation in the upcoming pages. Keep reading to learn more! 
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What foreshadowed this revelation by Alex? 

Chapter Twenty-One

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Scared Straight programs are supposed to deter folks from committing crimes by showing them the horrors of being in prison.Do you think this is an effective method for deterring crime? Why or why not? 
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What reason does Alex give the guard for bringing Lena to the Crypts? 
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"...with hands like tennis rackets and chests as broad as boats" are examples of ______. 
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"...bleating mooing and cawing" is an example of _______. 
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Why does Alex often visit the Crypts? 
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What message is conveyed by the graffiti, "Ha Ha," written on the door? 
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What do the people of this society believe about an afterlife? 
When an author creates a character, the character's name can have meaning. The word "warren" can be defined as a network of interconnecting rabbit burrows or a densely populated labyrinthine building or district. The word "sheath" is defined as a close-fitting cover for something, especially a knife. Think about how Alex covers or burrows his identity to others, and whether these names are indicative of the characters. 
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Which choice best defines the word serpentine as used in the context of this sentence? 
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Why does Alex say he is sorry to Lena when they approach the door to Ward Six, and what does this mean about Lena's mother? 

Chapter Twenty-Two

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Based on Alex's reaction, the reader can infer that  
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Based on the guard's statement about Thomas, the reader can infer that  
Here is another example of foreshadowing. What was "the incident"? Keep reading to find out more. 
The highlighted passage contains another example of foreshadowing. Keep reading to find out what happens next. 
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If you were part of the debate with Lena and Alex what would you argue is the most dangerous thing in the world? 
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What detail was the deciding factor for the guard to let Lena and Alex into Ward Six? 
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Why do you think the walls are covered with the word "love"? 
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What object does Lena find in the corner of the cell? 
One word gave Lena's mother hope and an avenue for escape from the Crypts. There are many other stories of people being wrongly imprisoned and then fight their way out. Check out this trailer for the movie "The Shawshank Redemption" and see if you can spot similar themes common to all prison stories. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Twenty-Three

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This sentence exemplifies which of the following themes prevalent in this novel? 
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This sentence contains an example of which of the following literary devices? 
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Why do you think Lena's mother didn't come for her? 
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Do you think Lena's family knew the truth about Lena's mother's imprisonment? If so, why do you think they perpetuated a lie? 
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Do you think that Lena has a double standard when it comes to lying? Why is it okay that she lies to her Aunt Carol, but it is not okay that they kept the truth about her mother from her? 
Note that Oliver again mentions the Bible story of Mary Magdalene.  
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Mimicking Oliver's writing style, write a paragraph that lists the things you would miss if you were to move away from your home town.  
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Deciding to leave Portland for the Wilds, Lena and Alex plan to make all of the following preparations EXCEPT  
Many people have philosophized the point of life. Consider this quote by mythologist Joseph Campbell as you ponder the meaning of your life. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Lena feel sorry for Aunt Carol? 

Chapter Twenty-Four

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Think about someone who matters to you. What would you say to him/her to show how that person matters to you? 
View this map to locate the Eastern Promenade. (This annotation contains an image)
Could this be another example of foreshadowing? Secrecy is a key part of Lena and Alex's plan to run away. Do you think Hana will betray Lena? Keep reading to find out what happens. 
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Based on Hana's response, the reader can infer that  
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Lena is leaving Portland because she is dissatisfied what life has to offer her there. Is Hana dissatisfied with anything, or does she have a perfect life?  
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Hana tells Lena, "Turns out you're braver than I am." Do you think Lena is actually braver than Hana? Why or why not? 
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Lena says, "Love: It will kill you and save you, both." What do you think she means by this? 

Chapter Twenty-Five

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Now that you are familiar with the story of Romeo and Juliet from the annotations earlier in this Curriculet, why do you think that Oliver keeps mentioning the play? What do you think is the purpose of the allusions to Romeo and Juliet? 
Another example of foreshadowing and symbolism: just as Lena realizes that she thinks of 37 Brooks as home, the gate is locked. Keep reading to find out what happens next. 
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Why do you think the house at 37 Brooks was specifically targeted? 
Lena may have received a concussion during her arrest. View this short video from the CDC to learn about concussions.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Based on the regulator's statement, the reader can infer that  
Notice author Lauren Oliver's use of diction in this sentence to characterize Jenny as sneaky, especially with the use of "sinuous whisper" and "little snake forking its tongue in my ear." This could also be an indirect allusion to the story of the Garden of Eden when the Serpent tried to entice Eve to eat the apple. Jenny is trying to entice Lena to reveal the name of the boy she fell in love with.  
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During Lena's conversation with Rachel, all of the following is revealed EXCEPT 
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Would it be acceptable if the procedure was voluntary and people could choose whether or not to submit to it? Explain. 
Notice how author Lauren Oliver keeps escalating the action of the story. By adding in a plot complication such as a time constraint as seen here, she is creating the crisis of the plot which leads to the climax of the story. At this point the opposing forces in the story meet and the conflict becomes most intense. The crisis occurs before or at the same time as the climax. Will Lena escape from her family and avoid getting cured? Keep reading to see the climax of this story.  

Chapter Twenty-Six

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Based on this passage, the reader can infer all of the following EXCEPT 
Here we see another example of the theme of perception versus reality: Aunt Carol will perceive that Lena has accepted the procedure based on what Lena says to Hana. However, the opposite is true: in reality, Lena is deceiving Aunt Carol. 
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What does Lena want Hana to do for her? 

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Have you ever wondered why time seems to fly or go slow? Watch this video to learn more. (This annotation contains a video)
Watch this trailer of Walt Disney's version of the tale of Sleeping Beauty.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Based on Lena's question, all of the following can be inferred EXCEPT 
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Which of the following statements previously quoted in the novel best exemplifies this passage? 
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What does Lena suspect is in the water? 
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Notice that Lena only sees running away or death as solutions for avoiding the procedure. Why doesn't she have other options? What do you think she should do? 
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In what ways has Gracie been resisting?  
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Identify the simile in this sentence. Why is this simile an appropriate comparison? 
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Why does Gracie yell, "Wait"? 
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Where are Lena and Alex going? 
Lack of time has been a prevalent theme in this novel. Do you think Alex and Lena will make it? Keep reading to find out! 
Through out the novel, Alex's facial expressions have been used to foreshadow important events. What do you think will happen? Continue reading to find out.  
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Why is Alex cradling his right arm? 
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Why do you think Alex doesn't climb the fence?  
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Lena seems to have no desire to change society, only to escape. Do you think she will run forever, or will she stop running and try to change things in the next novel? 
Quiz Chapters 19-27