Nancy G. Patterson


Reading Response Questions

Select one of the questions below and use it to make a statement. For example, if your question asks who your favorite character is and why, your statement might read, "My favorite character is Lilly because she is so strong." You will use your statement as part of a paragraph where you provide evidence that Lilly is strong and is worthy of being your favorite character. Use details from your book to support your answer.

1. Is the main character similar to a character you found in another book? What are the similarities.

2. Are there any connections between this book and your own life?

3. Would you like to acquire a personality trait of a particular character? What is the trait and why do you like it?

4. What clues did the author use to help you predict what was going to happen later?

5. What makes you wonder in this book?

6. Is there an idea that makes you stop and think or prompts questions? Identify the idea and explain your responses.

7. If your book took place in a different setting, how would that change the story. Why?

8. What are your favorite lines or quotes? Copy them into your journal and tell why you like them.

9. How have you changed after reading this book?

10. What do you know now that you didn't know before?

11. What questions about this book would you like answered?

12. Would you like to read more books by this author? Why?

13. What do you predict will happen next in your book? Why? 1

4. What character do you like least? Why?

15. What character do you like best? Why?

16. What incident or conflict does the author use to begin the story? Why do you think the author chose this beginning?

17. How does the author create suspense?

18. If you could change the ending of the book, what would you do? Why?

19. Did the book end the way you thought it would? What clues did the author give you that made you think that? Did you think these cludes were important when you read them?

20. Did any characters change during the course of the book? How did they change? What forces caused this change?

21. What is the mood or tone of the book? How does the author create that mood?

22.Does this book seem similar to any other book you have read? In what ways are the two books similar?

23. What were your feelings after reading the first few pages of the book?

24. What other important characters are there in the book besides the main character(s)? How are they important to the plot?

25. What clues did the author use to help you predict what was going to happen later?

26. What character would you like to be in this book? Why?

27. What do you think of a particular character's actions? ARe they right or wrong? Why?

28. What confuses you in this book? Why?

29. What were some of the events that created conflict in your book? What made these things happen? Why?

30. What is the most important part of the book? Why?

31. What advice would you give a particular character? Why?

32. If you could introduce a character from your book to your family, who would it be? Why?

33. Which character would you be ashamed to introduce to your family? Why?

34. Do you think the author is asking you to judge one of the characters? Why?

35. Do you think the author is asking you to cheer on one of the characters? Why?

36. Do you think the author is asking you to believe thinks in the book exist when we know they do not? Why and How?

37.Do you think the author wants us to hope that two characters will become romantically involved? Why?

Nancy G. Patterson, Portland Middle School, Portland, MI Last updated 8/01/01

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