Flowers for Algernon-Study Guide-page 1

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Flowers for Algernon
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Daniel Keyes
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Author’s bio related to story
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he is fascinated by the complexities of the human mind. This means more than one personality
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Point of View
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pertains to who tells the story and how it is told….In this story Charlie is telling the story
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Drawing conclusions-What is he to do on the Rorschach test?–as from Charlie’s report!
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\”A nice young man came and had some white cards with ink spilled…He asked, \”What do you see on this card?
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Charlie’s reaction to test –reveal about him?
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\”I told him I saw an inkblot\”. Charlie has a very simple mind. We call that being very literal.
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Characterization
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The choices an author makes to reveal a character’s personality, such as appearance, actions, dialogue, and motivations. \”I tried hard, but I still couldn’t find the pictures I only saw the ink\”….\”I said please let me try again\”. He does not give up.
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Rorschach
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a test, psychological test in which people describe the images suggested to them by a series of inkblots.. in the story they called it a personality test page 35
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Characterization 35 b
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…Mrs. Kinnian…I was her bestest pupil…because I tried the hardest….I wanted to be smart and not dumb
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Analyze
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to examine carefully and in detail so as to identify causes, key factors, possible results,
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What does herts –hurts refer?
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page 35– Charlie said he did not care if the operation hurt.
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What does Charlies’ response to the inkblots reveal about his character?
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page 35–The lady with this test wanted Charlie to tell a story about the people in the pictures. Charlie said..\”How can you tell stories about people you never met?\” Charlie’s intelligence (low IQ) makes him tell just what he sees and feels.
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What does \”caut\” mean on page 35?
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The lady wanted him to make up stories about the people, but Charlie says: \”..Why should I make up lies. I never tell lies any more because I always get CAUGHT.
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Characterization-Charlie second column 3rd paragraph?
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Dr. Nemur said that most people with his low IQ are hostile, uncooperative, but Charlie…\”He has a good nature..he is interested and eager to please.
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How is Charlie already demonstrating his ability to learn?
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(I guess) He wants to learn to remember how to spell things.
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38-b -39-aCharacterization
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39-a \”I’m glad I’m going back to work because I miss my job and all my friends and all the fun we have.\”
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What can you tell about Charlie from his laughing at his own ridicule and his certainty that these men are really his friends?
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I think that Charlie is glad to have someone talking to him, he doesn’t see as ridcule.
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Why do the factory workers make fun of Charlie?
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They see that he is simple minded and he seems to go along with the jokes too.
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subconscious (40b)
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mental activity that takes place below the level of the conscious or full awareness
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conscious
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full awareness

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