The Eye of Minds

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Curriculet Details
45 Questions
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3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for middle school students contains interactive videos exploring inferences and character traits, as well as annotations describing characterization, figurative language, and tone and mood. Students will explore the themes of friendship and courage. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1: The Coffin

Below is a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to help you picture where Michael and Tanya are in this opening scene. Right away, readers encounter a suspenseful scene unfolding! (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Tanya want to jump off the bridge? 
Although we do not know all the details, we, as well as Michael, realize that something disturbing is going on with Tanya. She is willing to take drastic and dangerous measures to escape from someone named Kaine.  
Watch the video on characterization below. In the highlighted text, we can infer from Michael's strong physical reaction to what he just witnessed that he is shell-shocked, disturbed, and emotionally drained.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 2: The Proposition

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Choose one word to describe Bryson and Sarah based on the highlighted description. Be sure to explain your choice.  
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? 
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Reread the highlighted text. Which image below would best fit the connotation associated with Michael's description? 
Watch the video below on onomatopoeia. This type of figurative language appeals to a reader's sense of hearing; the word "screech" is an example from this text.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Which statement best summarizes the events that just took place in Part Six of Chapter Two? 
In the highlighted paragraph, Michael shows that he can be a smart-aleck and reckless with his words. 
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Agent Weber tells Michael that Kaine is dangerous. Provide one piece of textual evidence to support this statement. 

Chapter 3: A Dark Place

Review the definition and common characteristics of Science Fiction (Sci-Fi). Here, the VirtNet is one aspect of this novel that helps you identify that this novel is a work of Science Fiction. As you continue to read, look for other details that help you to recognize this genre.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Which word would best describe Michael's thought in the highlighted text? 
Watch the video on tone and mood below. In the highlighted text, we encounter a fearful or terrifying tone. Not only is this tone made explicitly clear through the word choice, but it can also be inferred based on the description of the characters! (This annotation contains a video)
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What is the purpose of Kaine's "visit" to Michael and his friends? 

Chapter 4: No Choice In the Matter

Watch the video on inferences. Here, the VNS has cut off Michael's ability to travel to the VirtNet or communicate with his virtual friends. We can infer from the highlighted text that he feels anxious, tense, and desperate.  (This annotation contains a video)
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According to the text, why does the VNS choose Michael and his friends to pursue Kaine? 

Chapter 5: The Old Man

Watch the video on setting below. In the highlighted text, we encounter a description of the setting in the VirtNet. Notice that while the malls are appealing to the senses, their primary purpose is to lure people into spending money.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Think back to the video about characterization and provide two pieces of textual evidence that support the idea that Cutter is unpleasant.  
We can infer from Michael's body language and the description "turned his insides cold" that Michael feels a sense of fear and trepidation! 

Chapter 6: Through the Floor

The picture below and the highlighted description helps you imagine the threatening and intimidating image that the club's bouncers present to three teenage kids.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Choose either Michael or Sarah and explain how he or she views the idea of getting into the club in contrast to the two bouncers. How are their perspectives different? 
Have you ever been in a public place and become separated from your friends or family? The experience can be disorienting and scary, especially for Michael, who is in a dangerous situation! 

Chapter 7: Black and Blue

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Which word best describes Ronika's tone in the highlighted text? 
Do you think that Michael and his friends should agree to owing Ronika a favor? Why might this be dangerous? 
Watch the video on imagery below. In the highlighted text, imagery works to help you understand how tense, frightening, and suspenseful this scene is by hearing and visualizing what is taking place!  (This annotation contains a video)
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What creatures are trying to attack Michael, his friends, and Ronika? 
This artistic rendition of a wolf helps you visualize what Michael is seeing. What feelings or images do you associate with the wolf based on the highlighted simile? (This annotation contains an image)
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What part of the KillSim does Michael need to attack in order to win? 
Below is a picture of someone squeezing an egg. This sensation is similar to what Michael is feeling except that he just squeezed the creatures' eyes until they burst! (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 8: A Very Short Man

The highlighted text offers proof that this story is taking place in the future.  
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Explain how the setting contributes to Michael's unease. Be sure to give at least two details from the text to support your answer.  
Will Michael continue to suffer from the KillSim's attack? How far-reaching will the effects be?  
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Which word best describes Michael on this page? 

Chapter 9: None Shall Pass

Can you explain why "This would truly be the game of games" for Michael? 
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Why does the woman not allow Michael and his friends to play? 
Notice how powerful the highlighted simile is in conveying just how determined Michael is to achieve his goal! His determination is not compared to a candle or even a fire but to an inferno (like the one pictured below)!  (This annotation contains an image)
We can infer from the highlighted text that Michael is resolved or determined not to give up. Is this courageous or foolish? 
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Explain what Michael means when he says "Tables...are turned." Be sure to use two details from the text to support your answer. 
Notice how the figurative language used in the highlighted text helps you picture the motion of the ropes as they try to capture Michael and his friends.  
Quiz One 

Chapter 10: Three Devils

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Which word would most accurately describe the mood of the highlighted text? 
Below is a picture of the real-life Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Which piece of textual evidence best supports Michael's unexpected discovery at this point in the text? 
Michael's reference to "white knuckles" in the highlighted text gives us further proof that the teenagers are terrified about what they are about to encounter.  

Chapter 11: In the Trenches

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After reading the first page of this chapter, what evidence from the text best explains why Michael dislikes "dying" in the VirtNet? 
In the highlighted text, Michael is comparing his difficulty in pulling up the computer code to churning water (like in the picture below). This helps you realize how difficult and volatile this process is.  (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the video on personification below. In the highlighted text, we see personification used to describe Michael's heart and the air.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Which statement cannot be inferred about Michael based on the highlighted text? 
What does the highlighted text reveal about Michael's character? 
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Michael uses personification in the highlighted text. Explain how personification helps you understand the effects the game is having on Michael.  

Chapter 12: A Dire Warning

Notice that authors often use italics to denote a character's thoughts. Who do you think is saying this in Michael's mind? 
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Which type of figurative language is primarily used in the highlighted text? 

Chapter 13: The Floating Disk

The highlighted description brings to mind a maze. This structure also plays a key role in "The Maze Runner", a story written by the author of this novel. Watch the movie trailer below for "The Maze Runner" and look for similarities between the movie and this novel.  (This annotation contains a video)
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After watching the trailer for the film "The Maze Runner," identify one similarity between the film and this novel.  
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Which word would not accurately describe the setting based on the highlighted description? 
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According to Satchel, which two characteristics do the teenagers need to possess in order to be successful? 
Below is a picture of a Roman Numeral clock. Locate number twelve at the top to help you visualize what Michael is seeing.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What is the purpose of the highlighted simile? 

Chapter 14: Spooked

Watch the video on character traits below. From the highlighted text, we can infer that Michael is confident. He is also able to put a brave face on in front of his friends and lighten the mood with humor.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Choose one word to describe the tone of this page. Use two pieces of textual evidence to support and explain your word choice.  
Michael's description in the highlighted text brings to mind the famous drawings below by the artist Escher. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Sarah refer to Bryson as "Bigfoot"? 
Read the definition of alliteration below. In the highlighted text, we see this type of figurative language used through the repetition of the "w" sound.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Which character trait would not accurately describe Sarah based on the highlighted description? 

Chapter 15: A Door In the Distance

Do you think that it is wise for Michael to now share his revelation with Sarah and Bryson? Why or why not? 
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Identify the tone during this part of the story. Then choose two pieces of textual evidence and explain how these examples best support this tone.  
Have you ever had to stay mentally focused to overcome some sort of obstacle (in school, sports, life in general, etc.)? What did you focus on to get you through it? What advice would you give to Michael and his friends? 
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Which type of figurative language is primarily used to convey a tone of horror in the highlighted text? 

Chapter 16: An Isolated Man

Michael indicating that he would willingly follow a "serial killer" for food creates a humorous mood. However, his tone can best be summarized as desperate.  
Below is the cover of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous work featuring the famous detective Sherlock Holmes.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Using the highlighted text, explain the impact the setting has on Michael.  
Both Slake's words and his chuckle convey a relaxed and light-hearted tone. However, this is at odds with the severe and dangerous message of his words. 
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Who is Skale? 

Chapter 17: Night On the Couch

Watch the video on foreshadowing below. In the highlighted text, Skale warns Michael that he already has important information. What do you think Michael needs to remember? (This annotation contains a video)
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Which detail was NOT part of Michael's attack? 
Which details in the highlighted text best convey the tone of apprehension in this moment? 
Quiz Two 

Chapter 18: The Feet of Ancestors

Notice the imagery in the highlighted text. The author does a great job of not only helping readers to visualize what the characters are seeing and experiencing but to also smell it! 

Chapter 19: Heat

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Which character trait would best describe Sarah based on the highlighted text? 
Read the explanation of the highlighted idiom.  (This annotation contains an image)
Below is a picture of magma that has cooled and hardened. It will help you to visualize the inside of this "cave." (This annotation contains an image)
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Explain why the highlighted simile has a much gentler connotation than reality. 
Below is a diagram similar to what Michael may have seen in his geology class.  (This annotation contains an image)
Below is a picture of exploding lava. As the situation heats up, how do you think Michael and Sarah will escape? (This annotation contains an image)
Notice how the tone of the highlighted passage is desolate. Michael has just witnessed the horrific demise of his best friend and must make the decision of whether or not to carry on by himself.  
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Summarize what happens to Sarah in Chapter Nineteen. Be sure to include at least three details from the text to support your answer.  

Chapter 20: A Body of Silver

Watch the video on how characters develop below. We see Michael growing more and more desperate as he goes through trial after trial. Will he break before he finds Kaine? (This annotation contains a video)
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Reread the highlighted text. Based on the text, what is about to happen? 

Chapter 21: Two Doors

We understand the significance of Michael's "operation" here. Without his Core, Michael can truly be killed; the stakes have never been higher.  
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What important decision is Michael faced with at the end of this chapter? 

Chapter 22: In Through the Outhouse

How tempted do you think Michael is in this moment to listen to this man? 
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Summarize what you have just learned about Kaine from the highlighted text. 

Chapter 23: Meeting of the Minds

Is it better to close your eyes and refuse to see horror or to face your fears head-on? 
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Based on the highlighted text, which story element contributes the most to the tension and suspense? 
This is further proof that Kaine has somehow been testing Michael. However, it is still unclear why. 

Chapter 24: Worthy

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What does Kaine most likely mean when he says "crush the world in my fist"? 
Below is a real-life castle in ruins. How does this picture differ from what you are seeing in your head as you read? (This annotation contains an image)
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What is attacking Michael? 

Chapter 25: Awake

Michael is in disbelief. He is unsure what is going on. Have you ever felt completely baffled or disconnected? What advice would you give Michael in this moment? 
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Which statement(s) below most accurately describes Michael? 
Quiz Three