No Promises in the Wind Rules of Trashketball 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Stay in your seats at ALL times. You will have 30-60 seconds to ponder/discuss the answer to a question AND Write ONE response to the question on a sheet of paper. All players/teams will hold up their answers. If you are correct, you/your team will get the opportunity to shoot the correct response into the trashcan from a point line (or your seat). If the shot is made, the player/team gets a point. Shots will be made after ALL the questions have been answered or shown. Q1 There are many references to music in this novel. List them and explain, using evidence from the text, their significance, especially the banjo. Q 1 ANSWER Josh felt best when he was able to play music at the school with Howie - who owned the banjo - and his teacher Miss Crowne. Without music and their ability to play and sing, Josh and Joey wouldn’t have survived as well as they did on their journey. The boys obtained jobs (and money) strictly because of their musical aptitude. Music was a way to bring people together, create peace, harmony, and serenity – a release from reality. Q2 Explain how Josh and Joey might be described as the lucky ones from the “army of homeless children” who roamed the countryside in the winter of 1933? Q2 ANSWER They might be considered lucky because they managed to acquire some type of success and survive their journey. Many families or couples gave Josh and Joey places to stay, clothes to wear, food to eat. After obtaining a job at the carnival and at the restaurant in Nebraska, they earned money. Some of which they even sent home. They met Lonnie who cared for them like a father. Are there any other examples as to their “luck”? Q3 How is Stefan’s behavior pattern like Josh’s behavior pattern? Q3 ANSWER Both Josh and Stefan are easily angered, take out their anger in an ill way or on others they love. Also Josh and Stefan do not show other emotions such as affection or love towards others. Their pattern of behavior is extremely similar even though Josh tries to convince himself it isn’t. Q4 Identify then justify at least THREE different types of conflicts in this book. Q4 ANSWER There are all FOUR types of conflict within the novel, really: Man vs Man – Man vs Self – Man vs Society – Man vs Nature – Q5 There is a lot of anger in this book. What are some of the examples, give the situation from the novel and who was involved? Q5 ANSWER Stefan again Josh for being a hungry and growing 15 year old. Josh and Joey because Joey “foolishly” gave away half of their loaf of bread. Josh was angry at Emily and Pete for being together. The shoe shopkeeper angered Josh as he stole their $20 bill. Josh was angry after the group of boys beat up he and Joey, stole their potatoes, and left them. Most of the book Josh was angry as can be at his father for always being mad at him and for not loving him as much as he did Joey. Are there any other examples of anger within the novel? Q6 Describe the different kinds of love depicted in this book. Q6 ANSWER Josh and Joey’s mother loves them yet knows there isn’t much at home for them. Joey loves Josh like a little brother loves his older brother, and Joey loves Josh as a best friend. Josh thinks he loves Emily. Josh and Janey love each other yet must part in uncertainty. Lonnie must love Josh and Joey as he treats them both as a son, his son/s. Are there any other examples of love depicted within the novel? Q7 How was Stefan’s attitude toward life affected by his attitude toward his father? Did Stefan make any of the mistakes his father did? Q7 ANSWER Q8 Through the many different situations Josh endured, he was forced to grow up quickly. What are some of these situations? What decisions did he make? Q8 ANSWER Q9 Compare the characters of Stefan and Lonnie. Q9 ANSWER Stephan and Lonnie are both fathers, and both have in a sense “lost” a child or children. They are simply trying to do the best they can or could with what they have. Also … Q10 Compare the characters of Stefan and Josh. Q10 ANSWER Answers will vary but MUST be justified well enough to be accepted as correct! Stefan and Josh have the same emotional and behavior patterns such as constricting affectionate emotions but easily angered. Q11 The title of the novel is No Promises in the Wind. How is the wind a metaphor for life, especially in the lives of Josh and Joey? Q11 ANSWER The wind is a metaphor for life because the wind is completely unpredictable just as life is; the wind is also able to destroy nature or man-made structures, but it could also assist situations like a cool breeze on a hot summer day. Simply put, the wind, like life, is unpredictable. Q12 Which is the most important relationship in Josh’s life? Why? Q12 ANSWER The most important relationship in Josh’s life would be __________________________ because __________________________... Q13 List the first and last name of the author of No Promises in the Wind? Q13 ANSWER The author of No Promises in the Wind is Irene Hunt. Q14 Tell of the major national event happening during the novel. Q14 ANSWER The major national event during the time of the novel was the Great Depression. Q15 Give at least TWO pieces of information telling of the setting of the novel. Q15 ANSWER Two pieces of information telling of the setting of the novel would be the year 1933 and the city of Chicago, IL. Q16 What is the name of Josh’s high school in Chicago, IL? Q16 ANSWER Josh’s high school was Penn High School. Q17 Who became president of the United States during the time No Promises in the Wind was set? Q17 ANSWER Franklin Delano Roosevelt became president during the setting of the novel.