Key Questions - Unit 1 English - Key Questions Unit 1 Lesson 1(30 marks a Respond to the discussion group(12 marks Comment 34 Okay another thing I

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Key Questions – Unit 1Lesson 1 (30 marks)a) Respond to the discussion group. (12 marks)Comment 34: “Okay, another thing I found hard at first was the way the book seemed to jump around a lot. One minute, a chapter is developing the story about the dead dog. Then, the next chapter is totally off that storyline. For example, chapter 97 is a really suspenseful section that reveals an important piece of the dead dog pilot, and right after it is the chapter on Christopher’s explanation of the Monty Hall problem. I don’t get it.”In comment 34, Terry expresses his distaste in the way the writing seems to change from one topic to another very quickly, often losing focus on the storyline. I agree with Terry, since at numerous points throughout the book I have found myself wondering how this idea relates to the rest of the novel and how the plot has progressed to this seemingly random thought. An example of this is seen in Chapter 83. This portion of the book describes Christopher’s dream of becoming an astronaut, explaining why he would excel and enjoy this career choice. It is odd that this notion is found in this section of the book because the entirety of the previous and subsequent chapters are both focused on the ongoing investigation of Wellington’s death. This leads me to question how Christopher’s dream of becoming an astronaut relates to the plot, theincident of Wellington’s death. This also occurs in Chapter 103 when Christopher begins thinkingabout alien spaceships in his garden. His train of thought quickly jumps from clouds, to alien spaceships to feeding his pet rat, Toby. This makes the book hard to follow at times and makes the reader wonder if any of this information is vital in the investigation or if Christopher’s train of thought is often wandering. To conclude, Terry and I both agree that the novel often jumps fleetingly from idea to idea in a way that can seem random and unexplainable to readers.b) Respond to the text. (18 marks)Thus far,The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Timehas been one of the novels that I have least enjoyed throughout my literary experiences. This book is very discursive, making it very challenging to follow, with less than interesting characters and very little variety in vocabulary. I have found the book to be quite puzzling since it is written in Christopher’s monologue. As an individual with Asperger’s syndrome this makes his inner thoughts and interpretations quite different from my own. Although I have yet to read another piece of writing by Mark Haddon, I am very unlikely to pursue one due to my utter distaste for this one, thus far. To begin, I believe that the use of primal numbers for chapters is very irritating, not to mention confusing and unnecessary, since it makes it more challenging to locate a particular section in the book. For example, the text changes from Chapters 73 to 79, making it difficult to look back on what you have read. Secondly, the characters found in the book are all very pessimistic and
dreary which does not create a pleasant literary experience for myself, the reader. They rarely

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