What is Circle Justice? How does Cole feel about it?
What does Cole do to the shelter and supplies that were given to him? Why does he do this? How do you think this will affect him later?
Describe Cole’s mother. Describe Cole’s father. Describe the relationship between Cole and his parents.
What does Garvey have Cole taste? What lesson do you think Garvey wished to teach Cole? Do you think Cole learned this lesson? Why or why not?
Describe the beginning of the Circle Justice meeting. How does Cole feel about what is happening? Use details to support your answer.
How does Cole attempt to escape? What are the consequences or results? Explain how what has happened is man versus nature external conflict.
What does Cole see as he wakes from his first night in the wilderness? What does he do as a result?
During the Circle, the Keeper says, “Tonight raw feelings have been exposed like plowed-up ground. But that’s when you plant seeds.” What does this mean? What feelings have surfaced and what “seeds” may be planted.
Describe the circumstances that led to the Circle’s decision to have Cole live on the island for a year. What reasons did the Circle have for doing this as opposed to other more conventional punishments? Do you think it will ultimately be successful for Cole? Why or why not? Use details to support your answer.
Describe Cole’s latest encounter with Spirit Bear. How is the encounter similar to his previous two encounters? How is the encounter different from his previous two encounters?
Cole does a lot of thinking as he lies on the ground unable to move. What are three things that Cole thinks about? Based on these thoughts, do you believe Cole is changing as a result of being isolated on the island? Use details from the story to support your answer.
What does Cole see in the spruce tree? Describe Cole’s feelings towards what he sees at the beginning of the chapter. Then describe Cole’s feelings towards it at the very end of the chapter. What does this say about Cole?
Using an extended metaphor while looking at and thinking about the sparrows and their nest. In what ways is Cole like a baby sparrow? In what ways is his mother like the mother sparrow? In what ways is his home like the sparrow’s nest?