Meet Forrest Gump, the lovable, hurculean, and surprisingly savy hero of this remarkable comic odyssey. After accidentally becoming the star of Univerity of Alabama's football team, Forrest goes on to become a Vietnam War hero, a worl-class Ping-Pong player, a villainous wrestler, and a business tycoon -- as he wonders with cildlike wisdome at the insanity all around him. In between misadentures, he manages to compare battle scars with Lyndon Johnson, discover the truth about Richard Nixon, and survive the ups and downs of remaining true to his only love, Jenny, on an extraordinary journey through three decades of the American cultural landscape. Forrest gump has one heck of a story to tell -- and you've got to read it to believe it....
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An IQ is a measure of intelligence based on a score from a test. 68% of test takers score between an 85 and 114. This range is considered average. Since the narrator scored near a 70, he classifies as below average.
What role do the grammar and spelling errors play in creating the character of Forrest?
Forrest is comparing his intelligence to
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What does Forrest's description of the school he went to during his elementary years reveal about how society treated people with disabilities during his childhood?
What can you infer about the way people treated Forrest at his high school?
Since this novel is written from the first- person perspective of Forrest, you will need to make inferences about how other characters are acting and feeling based on his descriptions. Watch the short video below to clarify how to make inferences based on evidence from the text. (This annotation contains a video)
What would Forrest's life would be like if he did not play football at the high school?
How does the tone in this passage differ from the tone in earlier passages? Watch the short video on identifying tone and mood below. (This annotation contains a video)
What war is Forrest being recruited for?
Think about how Forrest's description of going to court reveals his misunderstanding of what court is about. He considers going to court to be a ceremony. Think about how his perception is different than the reality of his situation.
Why does Forrest get to go to a university for free?
Mobile is a town in Alabama. The map below shows Mobile in relation to other major cities in the South. (This annotation contains an image)
This is an image of lug nut. A lug nut is needed to fasten the hubcap to the wheel. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Curtis so upset with Forrest in the highlighted passage?
Why is Forrest surprised by his success at the university?
"Little did I know that it would change my life forever" is an example of foreshadowing. Watch the short clip below to learn more about how foreshadowing is used within a text. (This annotation contains a video)
Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Peter, Paul and Mary are all examples of
"Blowing in the Wind" is a song by Bob Dylan. Watch Bob Dylan perform the song in the video below. Pay attention to how people react to Forrest joining Jenny in performing the song. (This annotation contains a video)
What does Forrest's description of his teammate's reaction towards people of color reveal about the society he lives in?
Bowl games are played in the winter between college football teams. One of the most famous of the bowl games is the Rose Bowl that takes place in Los Angeles.
Forrest earns an A in Intermediate Light due to
Think about how Forrest is treated by the university. Do you think it is fair that asked to leave when he no longer serves the school as a football player?
The image below shows a hand grenade. A hand grenade is thrown to cause a large explosion. (This annotation contains an image)
Predict the outcome of Forrest cooking. What do you think will happen?
To gain some more historical context about what is going on during the 1960s, watch this short video below. (This annotation contains a video)
The highlighted sentence is an example of _________________.
War protests were a common part sight during the Vietnam War. The photograph below illustrates war protesters in America. These protesters may have been similar to the protesters that Jenny joined. (This annotation contains an image)
The use of the word "gooks" refers to the North Vietnamese soldiers. This is a highly racist term that is offensive to modern readers. However, it was commonly used by soldiers during the war in Vietnam.
What do the letters that Forrest writes to his mom reveal about their relationship?
The photograph below shows a bed wrapped with mosquito nets. This type of netting prevents mosquitos from biting people while they are sleeping. This is an important tool in preventing malaria. (This annotation contains an image)
The mood of the hospital is ___________.
Jenny's letter reveals that she
Harvard University is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The image below is a photograph of the Harvard campus. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Forrest headed to Washington D.C.?
The photograph below is an iconic image of the Washington monument in Washington, D.C. (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the short video about Walter Reed Army Hospital, then answer the following question. (This annotation contains a video)
How do the wounded veterans in the video above compare to the description of wounded veterans in the novel?
The photograph below shows Chairman Mao. (This annotation contains an image)
While everyone thought that Chairman Mao was waving, he was actually ________________.
From the description of the club, the best word to describe it is __________.
As you read, pay attention to how Jenny has changed from Forrest's earlier description of her. To learn more about character development and change over time, watch the short video below. (This annotation contains a video)
Can you elaborate on the reason that Jenny looks at Dr. Quackenbush and Forrest "kind of funny-like"?
As you read, consider why Dr. Quackenbush has Forrest sit in this particular class. Are his intentions noble or questionable? How do you know?
As you read the next few pages, try to identify a theme that begins to emerge out of the pattern of disasters that Forrest always seems to get himself into. Watch the short video below to learn more about how to identify theme in a story. (This annotation contains a video)
How does this incident compare to the time that Forrest tried to cook for the army?
The footage below shows actual protesters in Washington D.C. protesting the war. The footage is raw and uncut so don't spend too much time watching it. Just look for a few moments to get a sense of what the protests in D.C. looked like during this time period. (This annotation contains a video)
Jenny is upset because
Why does the author purposefully spell words wrong within the text?
The image below is an example of an ink blot image that was used in diagnosing mental illness and evaluating patients. Do you think this is sound science? Why or why not? (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Forrest get chosen to go to space?
As you read, consider how many pivotal historical events of the 1960s and 1970s that Forrest has been involved in so far. Can you predict what else Forrest will be involved in as the novel continues?
Sue is upset because
The Indian Ocean is located below the Indian subcontinent. The image below shows the ocean where Forrest has to make his emergency landing. (This annotation contains an image)
Why did the space expedition have to make an emergency landing on the island?
Think about why the highlighted statement is ironic. After all, didn't Forrest and his crew just make an emergency landing from space? Watch the short video below to learn how to identify irony. (This annotation contains a video)
Big Sam suggests that offering up Sue to eat would
Big Sam's comment about turning his people into a "cultured race of peoples" has racist undertones. What about this comment strikes you as racist?
Why are Forrest and his crew members planting cotton?
The image below is a photograph of a cotton field. (This annotation contains an image)
Affaire d'amour is French for "love affair." Is this an accurate way to describe Major Fritch's relationship with Grurck?
From Major Fritch's reaction, it is clear that
How has Major Fritch changed over the course of the four years she has been on her travels (both in space and on land)?
"Eat your heart out" is a saying that means, "I don't care."
"VA" stands for Veterans Affairs. Veterans receive treatment at VA hospitals. Unfortunately, many VA hospitals have poor reputations for giving substandard care to patients.
Dan's current viewpoint on life is best described as ______________.
Jenny's reaction shows that she
Think about why Jenny is so happy to see Forrest. What does this reveal about their friendship and overall relationship?
Why does Forrest accept the job as the professional wrestler?
The photograph below shows a student with a dunce cap on. These were sometimes used in classrooms from the past for students who made bad decisions. Can you see why Dan is concerned about this making Forrest look like a fool? (This annotation contains an image)
Predict what you think the outcome of this wrestling match will be. Even though Forrest is instructed to lose, do you think he will?
Forrest has been instructed to
What does Forrest's reaction to being spit on reveal about his current emotional state?
How does the crowd's reaction to the Dunce differ from Dan's original concerns about Forrest dressing up as a dunce?
The image below is a photograph of a shrimp boat. How might this job be more desirable than wrestling? (This annotation contains an image)
Mike wants Forrest to _________.
The image below is a morter-board hat. Why does it make sense for a character called "The Professor" to wear this kind of hat? (This annotation contains an image)
Make a prediction on how Forrest will react to having ants put in his pants.
Why does Dan blame himself for Jenny leaving?
"You got other fish to fry" means, "you have other things to take care of right now."
From the details in this passage, it is clear that Forrest is
Raquel Welch is a famous actress from the 1960s and 1970s. This is a photograph of her from the 1960s. (This annotation contains an image)
The photograph below shows an orangutan. (This annotation contains an image)
The fact that the orangutan is a male and is named Sue is an example of ______________.
Why is Forrest in jail again?
When Forrest says "a pitcher" he means that he was in a movie. Movies were sometimes called motion pictures.
"The Fried Liver Attack" is a chess move. As you read, pay attention to how the author describes the moves that Forrest and his opponent are making. Do you think Forrest is capable of winning this tournament?
Based on the rules of the tournament, should Forrest be disqualified for his actions?
Is Forrest a "loony tune"? How has he changed since the beginning of the novel? Reflect on the major changes he has undertaken and think about if his assertion that he is a loony tune is correct.
To learn more about the shrimp industry, watch the video below. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Forrest's experience in the shrimp business compare to the video above about shrimping?
Forrest's reaction to the news that Jenny got married reveals that
The term "Certifiable Idiot" is used in a newspaper to describe Forrest. Think about how this adds to what you know about how society viewed people with mental disabilities.
Watch this short video on symbolism and reflect on whether or not "We Got to Pee" is the type of symbol that Mister Claxton wishes it to be. (This annotation contains a video)
What aspects of Forrest's past made him a less than ideal political candidate?
The map below shows the location of Savannah, Georgia. (This annotation contains an image)
Forrest is using his talents with the harmonica to
Reflect on Jenny's motivations for leaving Indianapolis. As you read, think about if she made the right decision.