Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi
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The book constantly explores the notion of what it means to be “free.” Are there different kinds of freedom presented in the book? How do you think he finally comes to define “freedom?”
"A punctilious man, my father," Bear went on. "He paid my fees in full, gave me his hasty blessing, and walked away. I never saw him more (Avi, 83)." Based on this passage, what does "punctilious" mean?
Finishing what was started
Showing great attention to detail
A punctual person
Since Bear almost became a monk in his early days, I thought it would be interesting to find out what a life of a monk might be like.
Do you think Bear would have been a good monk?
There are so many fun, new words in this novel, what was your favorite?
pg. 83 Acolyte-a person assisting the celebrant in a religious service or procession.
pg. 84 Beguiled-charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way.
pg. 94 Pestilence-a fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague.
pg. 147 Portentous-done in a pompously or overly solemn manner so as to impress.
pg. 147 Cacophony-a harsh discordant mixture of sounds.
Words are a favorite pastime of mine. I've found a word game I thought might be simple and fun. The game is called FreeRice, which donates actual rice to impoverished people around the world.
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