Kind of Activity:
To understand the role of Judaic culture and themes of otherness in the novel
Common Core Standards:
To begin this activity, return to the page in Chapter One where Reuven, as the narrator, explains what apikorsim means (singular: apikoros). This passage begins with, “The word had meant, originally, a Jew educated in Judaism who denied basic tenets of his faith…”
You can lead students through a discussion by asking the following questions:
-Why do you think apikorsim is such an insult?
-How does Danny’s insult affect the mood of...
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