Day 5

Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What do Hank's actions after his escape from the slave gang say about him as a person?

    Begin the discussion by asking students how Hank likes to do things. It's clear at this point that he is a showman and enjoys putting on a spectacle to dazzle people and bolster his reputation. With this in mind, turn the discussion's focus toward his escape from the slave master. Why does Hank make his way through the streets of London when he risks the lives of himself and the other slaves? He says that he wants to procure more velvets and finery so that his upcoming "effect" can have even more pizazz. In short, he's putting everyone's lives at risk for the sake of spectacle.

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