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slakes limbo

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Story Charts LITERARY TERMS Q.A.R. STORY CHART 1 Right There Think & Search Author & You The first chapter is about Slakes life backround. It talks about him being very small and often picked on. This reminds me of my brothe when he was young. He was very small until he was about sixteen. The kids in school would always pick on him for his size. The text also mentioned how his glasses were always getting broken to the point that the glasses were lost. This also reminded me of my brother, for he, when he was young, had tape all over his glaases because he broke them all the time. Slake thought of himself of a worthless lump. Slak ran away from his aunt and everyone else onto a subway where he lived in a secret cave hole. The next day, he went to go though town. He saw all kinds of interesting things. He started to sell used newspapers to people around the subway. he couldnt believe everyone that wanted to buy them. I dont know know how he lives alone. I could never face what his life encounters. the text tells about how his life with his aunt was very different. His secret cave was the first and only room hes ever had his whole life. he got to be more independent and free. I'm split minded to the question, " Was his life better since he moved from his aunts?", or " Has it improved?". On your Own Marcus Lumma Andrew Miller 1. Who is the protagonist?

2. Who is the antagonist?

3. What did slake keep in his pocket from the diner for later meals?

4. What was Slake's job at the diner?

5. Where does the novel take place?

6. What was Slake's first name?

7. Where did Slake live?

8. What did people think of him?

9. What did he sell when he was in the Subway?

10. Who is his guardian?

11. What hotel was his cave part of?

12. What was the cause of fixing the subways?

13. why did the man with the turban chase Slake down the subway? 1. What was Slake's job at the diner?

2.What was the reason for Slakes feelings toward the man with the Turban?

3. How was the cave home different from his former home?

4. Who gave slake the jeans in the subway?

5.What was Slake's reaction when the manager of the coffee shop told him he swept good?

6. Why did Slake save his ham sandwiches from the diner?

7. Why does the lady at the diner give Slake extra food everyday?

8. What did Slake think when the Manager told him he sweeps good?

9. What caused Slake too go live in the subway?

10. Why did he like the cave home better than his old home?

11. What does he think of the people in the subway?

12. What does the lady in the subway that he sells newspapers do? 1. If you were in Slake's situation, what would you have tried doing to make money?

2. What would you have thought of slake selling the papers if you saw him in the subway?

3. What or who does slake resemble?

4. Do you think Slake regretted leaving his aunt?

5. Could someone really live on their own in a subway like Slake did?

6. If you were Felice Holman, how would you have written the book differently?

7. What does Slake's bird in his stomach mean to you?

8. Do you think the way slake lived was truly survivable?

9. How do you think Slakes life will be like in the future?

10. Do you think his aunt or people at his school were looking for him in regret?

11. Do you think anyone missed Slake when he was gone? Reading Response Literary
Terms Slake was treated terribly, had a mean aunt, and lived horribly. he decided to leave away from home. He found a cave in a subway that was in secret. He thought of himself a worthless lump. He started selli8ng newspapers and started a new and secret life with only himself. Summary Characters:
Slake, his aunt, and the gang group Page Numbers:
3-48 Alex Bertman Bonnie Parsell 1. If you were in the situation of being homeless, what would you try doing to fix it?

2. What would you do if your parents abandoned you?

3. Have you ever had any economical problems and cut back on so many things in life?

4. Has anyone in your family ever been layed off and stuck trying to find a job helplessly?

5. Would you help the homeless or hungry if you saw them in need?

6. If you ran away from home, what would you do?

7.is it survivable to be without a guardian's guidance?

8. What would it be like to be alone everyday of your life? 1. Term: Flashback
Example in Book, Ch. 3, Pg. 22: Whose house? In the backyard there was a small, perfect model farmyard, and In a pen was a clean, clean pig. And the children of the house used to swing on the clean white gate of the clean pen for fun and sport…
Reason for this section: Slake ad a vision of his past. He did’nt know what house he had been at, but he knew he was playing some games with some other little boys.


2.Term: Internal Conflict
Example in book, ch. 1, pg. 4: Sometimes he dreamed of being “Stronger than” or “ Bigger Than”, of looming over and hitting back.
Reason for this section: Slake was always getting beat up by other kids for his size and his bad fitting skills


3. Term: External conflict
Example in book, Ch. 1, pg.8: The day he had worn it to school, they had pulled it of his body, forcing his arms over his head, twirling him around until the sweater pulled free. They had grabbed it, waved it in the air, tossed it high above his head like a football while he ran this way and that trying to get it back…
Reason for this section: Slake had gotten a free piece of clothing and had worn it to school that day. The gang saw him at pulled it off of him and teased him with it

4.Term: Climax
Example in book, ch. 14, pg. 110: Willis Joe was out on the track in the next ten seconds picking up the collapsed and fallen slake, the cardboard sign tumbled on the tracks beside him. Willis Joe stood on the tracks and held him as he had once held his new son and daughter and stared at slake who lay ashen in his arms. And Willis Joe started to quake.

Reason for this section: The Subway station had been closed due to the holes in the walls. Slake had run infront of the train and gotten hit. 1. Conflict
Ex: When Slake returned in the evening the station was still roped off, and he went to the upper platform to see what he could see from there.

2. Resolution
Ex: For the first time now he became sharply aware he was walking on not under.

3. Term: Indirect Characterzation
Example from book, ch. 10, pg.85: Slakes lifelong dislike of rats was blunted somewhat by this opportunity to study one so closely. What he knew about rats was all bad. Yet here was a rat which he could see for himself was not hostile—envious, perhaps, and greedy—but not hostile.
Reason for this section: A rat had came into Slakes cave to eat his food. This is indirect characterization, for Slake is giving his own point of view and not the authors.

4. Term: Cause
Example from book, ch. 1, pg. 9: And then the chase began, around the parking meters and fruit stands, through the alleys and junkyards, and had to end, as always, with more lumps and bruises or, if not, with escape into the subway.
Reason for this section: slake had just gotten his sweater taken away from him. He knew the gang was going to beat him up, so he ran. The cause of him running around was because of the gang that was going to beat him up.


ONLINE RESOURCES 1. Term Definitions - http://www.dictionary.reference.com

2. my.hrw.com

3.http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090105130731AAEN40j

4.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slake's_Limbo

5.http://www.bookrags.com/biography/felice-holman-aya/

6.http://www.carolhurst.com/titles/slakes.html Alex Goldacker 1. Exposition
Ex: The thing that happened, when finally it happened, was so perfectly logical that it should not really be considered surprising.

2. Third person omniscient
Ex: He felt it was not more than he deserved since he was, by the testimony of teachers, classmates, and the humans who inhabited the same space he slept, a worthless lump.

3. Protagonist
Ex: Because the fact is that even earlier in life Aremis Slake had often escaped into the subway when things got rough above ground.

4. Setting
Ex: He stood up carefully, not sure the height of his rabbit hole.

STORY CHARTS QAR Credit to... 1.Term: Motivation
Example from book, CH. 4, PG. 32-33: “I’ll have times,” he said, and handed Slake the coins. Slake gave him a paper. With the fifteen cent had just gotten for the news, that made thirty cents and no sweat!... “Paper?”.

Reason for this section: Slake had just picked up a used newspaper off a chair and was taking it to his cave. A man stopped him and bought the paper. He thought Slake was a newspaper boy. Slake sold two newspapers and made money. He got motivation from the money. He wanted to sell more papers.
2.Term: Prediction
Example from book, CH.14, PG. 112: But Willis Joe went out and bought a card and brought a card and brought it back to the hospital and left it at the desk. It was addressed to “The boy in the subway” and it reached Slake some days later when he was feeling better.

Reason for this section: This text is telling about Slake after the train accident. Willis Joe is the conductor that hit Slake. He sent a card to him. I predicted at this point that Willis Joe was going to take care of Slake and invite him into his family. My prediction was false in the end.
3.Term: Complications
Example from book, Ch. 12, pg. 98: A voice was giving directions on the loudspeaker. “The downtown tracks of the IRT are temporarily out of service due to an accident in the tunnel. Please find alternate routes to your destinations.”

Reason for this section: This is the beginning of the rising action of the climax. The climax is where Slake runs out onto the track and gets hit by a subway train. This is the beginning of the rising action.
4.Term: Direct Characterization
Example from book, Ch. 1, pg. 3: To begin with, Slake was small. Anyone could beat him for any reason or non-reason, and did, when they could catch him. But he was wiry and wily too…

Reason for this section: The author is describing Slake in this passage. Direct Characterization is the authors way of describing a character or other object.

1. Stock Character
Ex: Joseph did not read, nor even speak much, but around Joseph there was an area of calm and Slake sought him out.

2. Character Trait
Ex: The answer could be one that Slake only sensed, but did not really know- that Joseph as mystical- peace in war, happiness in misery, sun in rain.

3. Antagonist
Ex: Then as one, they moved towards him- a pack- the sweater held high now on a broom handle.

4. Flat Character
Ex: One regular was a tall, turbaned man who grinned every time he gave Slake the money, as if it were the man himself doing something dishonest.
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