Oryx and Crake

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Oryx and Crake
Journals


Choose 4

of
the following writing prompts: 3

from P
art A and 1

from Part B. Write
3

paragraph
s for each one.
EACH

paragraph

must
contain an

INTEGRATED AND CITED
QUOTATION
.

Plus,
EACH

paragraph must
DISCUSS A LITERARY D
EVICE
.


Part A
: Analyzing Events and Literary Elements in the Novel

1.

In the first section of the novel, what can the reader assume about Snowman? What can the reader assume
about the new species of humans? How does the truth compare with these assumptions?


2.

How do
the pseudonyms presented become a motif in the novel? What do they tell us about the world
Snowman lived in as a child and at the present?


3.

What role does foreshadowing play in
Oryx and Crake
? What indicators of foreshadowing are in the novel?
What is fore
shadowed early on in the novel?


4.

What is significant about Snowman's bonfire memory? What does Snowman think as a child when he sees
the bonfire? Why is it significant to Snowman's current situation in the novel?


5.

How is suspense built in the novel? Provid
e at least three specific examples from the novel to make your
point clear.


6.

When reading
Oryx and Crake
, how is the reader encouraged to be active, as opposed to passive? Provide
at least one specific example from the novel.


7.

Compare and contrast Crake an
d Jimmy. How are they similar? How do they change one another?


8.

Analyze Jimmy's family and the role his mother and father play in his development. How does Jimmy try to
replace his family later on in life? Does he succeed? Why or why not?


9.

Crake shows what he thinks about language by changing it drastically. Metaphors can no longer be used
because the Crakers do not understand them. Why do you think Crake intended on changing language so
drastically?


10.

Throughout the novel, Snowman has though
ts and flashbacks that involve both
Oryx and Crake
. What does
Jimmy think of these two? What emotions does he feel for the other two characters?


11.

How are flashbacks used in
Oryx and Crake

to keep the plot's action continuing? What would the novel be
like w
ithout flashbacks? Why are they so vital to the story?


12.

Is Oryx a pawn in the novel? Why or why not? Do you think that Margaret Atwood is trying to send a
message to the reader by doing this?

If so, what is the message?


13.

How is irony present in the novel?
What role does irony play in the story? What evidence of this is there?


14.

Describe the Crakers and the way they function in society. What are their lives like? In what ways are they
simpler than humans? In what ways are they more complex?


15.

How is the title
Oryx and Crake

relevant to the novel's story? Who is the story about? Is that shown in the
title? Why or why not?


16.

Describe the way dreams are a motif in the novel. Why are dreams so important, and how is this shown?


17.

Consider the way that Snowman reacts t
o the events around him. Do you think he is realistic in the way he
reacts? Why or why not?


18.

What is the novel's central conflict? Provide evidence to support your claims.


19.

How is the radio that Snowman finds a symbol? What does it symbolize?


20.

Describe the

novel's climax. What does the climax mean for Snowman and the Crakers?



Part
B
:
Relating the Novel to
Our
World

1.

Oryx and Crake

includes many details that seem futuristic, but are in fact already apparent in our world.
What parallels
are

you able to draw between the items in the world of th
e novel and those in your own?


2.

The game "Extinctathon" emerges as a key component in the novel. Jimmy and Crake also play "Barbarian
Stomp" and "Blood and Roses." What comparable video games do you kno
w of? What is your opinion of
arcades that feature virtual violence? Discuss the advantages and dangers o
f virtual reality. Is the novel
form its
elf a sort of virtual reality?


3.

The pre
-
catastrophic society in
Oryx and Crake

is fixated on physical perfectio
n and longevity, much as our
own society is. Discuss the irony of these quests, both within the

novel and in our own society.


4.

Snowman soon discovers that despite himself he's invented a new creation myth, simply by trying to think
up comforting answers to

the "why" questions of the Children of Crake. In Part Seven
-
the chapter entitled
"Purring"
-
Crake claims that "God is a cluster of neurons," though he's had trouble eradicating religious
experiences without producing zombies. Do you agree with Crake? Do Sn
owman's origin stories negate or
enhance your views on spirituality and how it e
volves among various cultures?


5.

How might the novel change if narrated by Oryx? Do any similarities exist between her early life and
Snowman's? Do you

always believe what she s
ays?

Why or why not?


6.

Why does Snowman feel compelled to protect the benign Crakers, who can't understand him and can never
be his close friends? Do you believe that the Crakers would be capable of
survival in our own society?

Why
or why not?


7.

In the world

of
Oryx and Crake
, almost everything is for sale, and a great deal of power is now in the hands
of large corporations and their private security forces. There are already more private police in North
America than there are public ones. What are the advant
ages of such a

system? What are the dangers?


8.

The ending of the novel is open, allowing for tantalizing speculation. How do you envision Snowman's
future? What about the future of humanity
-
both within the novel, and outside its pages?



Oryx and Crake
Jou
rnal Rubric



Advanced

Proficient

Basic

Minimal

Knowledge and
Understanding

-
Paragraphs
demonstrate excellent
knowledge and
understanding of
Oryx
and Crake
.

-
Paragraphs
demonstrate adequate
knowledge and
understanding of
Oryx
and Crake
.

-
Paragraphs
demonstrate some
knowledge and
understanding of
Oryx
and Crake
.

-
Paragraphs
demonstrate little
knowledge and
understanding of
Oryx
and Crake
.

Response to
the Question

-
Paragraphs expertly
respond to all aspects
of the prompt.

-
Paragraphs
sufficiently
respond to most
aspects of the prompt.

-
Paragraphs partially
respond to some
aspects of the prompt.

-
Paragraphs hardly
respond to any
aspects of the prompt.

Presentation

-
12

(4 journals
-

3
paragraphs each
)

e
xceptionally well
-
organized and
extremely
developed

paragraphs


-
All paragraphs
include the following:



An

integrated and
cited quotation



Discussion of a
literary device

-
12

w
ell
-
organized and
substantial
ly developed

paragraphs

-
Most paragraphs
include the
following:



An

integrated and
cited quotation



Discussion of a
literary device

-
12

or fewer s
omewhat
organized and partially
developed paragraphs

-
Some paragraphs
include the following:



An

integrated and
cited quotation



Discussion of a
literary device

-
Fewer

than 12

d
isorganized and
underdeveloped
paragraphs

-
Few or no paragraphs
include the following:



An

integrated and
cited quotation



Discussion of a
literary device