Day 1

All the King's Men Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What does Jack Burden's job with Governor Willie Stark seem to be?

    Jack appears to be some kind of "body man" for Willie: someone who helps Willie to make threats and defend him. He's a very trusted confidante, but it's also clear that Willie has a hard time trusting anyone and tends to manipulate the people around him. Students may be uncertain of what Jack's real role in the administration is; suggest that they continue to collect evidence of his role as they continue to read.

  2. 2

    Why do you think Robert Penn Warren chose to use racial slurs in the narrative? Do you think his choice was justified? Why or why not?

    Depending on the demographics, political...

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