The Ultimate Question
Kind of Activity:
To consider the philosophical questions that Alaska and Miles ponder throughout the novel.
Common Core Standards:
The main characters of Looking For Alaska are all pretty concerned with lofty philosophical questions. Ask your class whether or not they feel this is an accurate representation of high school students. Do they ever think about life and death the way Alaska, Miles and the Colonel do? You may want to point out other literature in which young people are especially invested in tackling the meaning of life, in a way that older...
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