Tunes for Bears to Dance To
A masterful portrayal of hatred, prejudice and manipulation that challenges readers to examine how they would behave in the face of evil. Henry meets and befriends Mr. Levine, an elderly Holocaust survivor, who is carving a replica of the village where he lived and which was destroyed in the war. Henry's friendship with Mr. Levine is put to the test when his prejudiced boss, Mr. Hairston, asks Henry to destroy Mr. Levine's village.
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A piazza is simply a porch that juts off of the side of a house or building. Did you use context clues in order to figure this out? (This annotation contains an image)
Already, the narrator has revealed that Henry is __________________.
Based on the information presented, make an inference as to the relationship between Henry and Eddie.
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?
Often times, people use the phrase 'saving grace' to refer to qualities that a person possesses that redeem him. What was Eddie's saving grace?
Already, you may have noticed that the chapters in this novel are not titled. As you read, consider why that is and how the novel would be changed if they were.
The highlighted text contains hyperbole, which is a type of figurative language. Using context clues from the sentence, determine the definition for hyperbole.
Below, Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter exhibits a sneer. Troubling, huh? (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted text includes personification. To learn more about this form of figurative language, watch the short video below. (This annotation contains a video)
Why do you think that Henry feels the need/want to divulge this information to the old man? Would you do the same, if you were in his position?
Do you believe that this statement uses hyperbole, or do you think that George means this statement literally?
In the video below, the man speaks Yiddish. As you listen, consider if this language sounds like another that you have heard before. (This annotation contains a video)
Choose the option from below that offers an appropriate title for this chapter.
The highlighted word employs onomatopoeia. This type of figurative language is the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named. (This annotation contains an image)
According to the information presented by the narrator, Henry and his mother's relationship can best be described as
What is Mr. Levine working to create, as he carves each figure?
In these chambers, gas was used to exterminate these people. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, "The Nazis began experimenting with poison gas for the purpose of mass murder in late 1939 with the killing of mental patients ("euthanasia"). A Nazi euphemism, "euthanasia" referred to the systematic killing of those Germans whom the Nazis deemed "unworthy of life" because of mental illness or physical disability. (This annotation contains an image)
For what reason does the narrator refer to this person as 'the giant'?
Why do you suppose the author has chosen to italicize the highlighted text? What is the author attempting to convey?
Choose the option below that includes the meaning of the highlighted idiom.
Throughout the novel, the author uses language and the idea of its purpose and importance, in order to make a point. Aside from the highlighted example, what are some other instances in which the author touches on language to make a point about the characters and/or the events transpiring?
The video below discusses similes and metaphors. As you watch, consider which type of figurative language is used in the highlighted text. (This annotation contains a video)
As discussed earlier, the author uses language to make a point. Earlier in the novel, this "crazy house" was referred to in a less harsh manner. What was this place called?
What character traits of Henry's are revealed, via indirect characterization, in the highlighted paragraph?
Throughout the novel, each character has been revealed by way of characterization. Watch the video below, in order to learn about the different forms of characterization. (This annotation contains a video)
At this point in the novel, you have learned a lot from the narrator. What type of narrator is used in this text? Watch the video, for a clearer view of the types of narrators used in a piece of writing. (This annotation contains a video)
What point-of-view is this novel told from? If you are uncertain, consider taking a look back through, to make sure that you are sure of your choice.
The image below is a granite quarry in Vermont, like the one discussed in the text. (This annotation contains an image)
In order to determine a character's motivations, a reader must ask himself the questions below. Why do you think Mr. Hairston is asking Henry to commit this act? (This annotation contains an image)
A character's motivation is often rooted in his/her personality and/or life experiences. What do you suppose has motivated Mr. Hairston to make such a request of Henry?
What is the mood of this particular chapter? How do you know? To learn more about mood, watch the video below. (This annotation contains a video)
What words/phrases contribute to the mood of this chapter? Before you answer, name the mood, then provide these words and phrases.
Clearly, Mr. Hairston is a villian (antagonist) in this novel. What qualities does he share with some of the Disney villains in the video above.
Often times, an author works to characterize a character by way of his/her appearance. In order to exhibit this fact, watch the clip below and consider how the filmmakers have worked to characterize each of the Disney villains. (This annotation contains a link)
The image below is a wooden mallet. This tool has the potential to inflict a lot of damage, doesn't it? (This annotation contains an image)
What words are used to signal to the reader that Henry feels guilt for his actions?
The quote below, from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, discusses why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird. This symbol (a mockingbird) is used throughout the novel as a way to link the traits of a mockingbird to many of the harmless characters.“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee, 94).What character in this novel is like a mockingbird? Be sure to explain your answer.
What truth does this reveal about the grocer? What was the grocer's true intent in having Henry smash the village?
In the opening of this novel, the author includes the following quote by Gustave Flaubert:“Human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to when all the time we are longing to move the stars to pity.” Now that you have nearly finished the novel, decide how this quote relates to the novel's plot and theme.
What might this "monument" symbolize for the novel and even for Henry? Likewise, what might the village symbolize? (This annotation contains an image)