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ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN ~ SHERMAN ALEXIE

Chapter Study - #2 Why Chicken Means So Much to Me


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CONTEXT INFO
❏ The narrator has a mom, a dad, a sister, a grandmother and a dog.

VOCABULARY WORDS
Word / Term Definition

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perseverence

KEY EVENTS
page Event
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LITERARY TERMS & DEVICES


Device page example

Magic 3 7

Metaphor 8

Vivid 8

Hyperbole 8

Allusion 8

Repetition 9

Personification 9

Vivid / Magic 3 9

Magic 3 9

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Device page example

Simile / hyperbole 9

Magic 3 9

Magic 3 9

Magic 3 10

Repetition 11

Magic 3 / hyperbole / 11
metaphor

Magic 3 11

Metaphor 11

Repetition 11

Allusion 11

Metaphor 13

Magic 3 13

Magic 3 13

Magic 3 13

Personification? 13

Onomatopoeia 14

CHARACTER INFO
Character Detail

Narrator

Narrator’s family

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THEME INFO AND SYMBOLS
ANSWER THE QUESTIONS BY EXPLAINING YOUR OPINION USING SPECIFIC DETAILS FROM THE TEXT TO
SUPPORT YOUR POINT OF VIEW. INCLUDE PAGE NUMBERS WITH YOUR TEXT REFERENCES.

1. Why IS chicken so important to the narrator? What does it symbolize for him?

2. In this chapter, author Sherman Alexis makes extensive use of repetition, particularly in
groupings of three. This is referred to as “the Magic 3”. Look at some of the examples and imagine
cutting out one or two items in the three item lists. Would the chapter be as effective, as vivid or as
clear? Give reasons for your answer and use examples.

3. What are some information that the author and narrator provide about the setting (time / location)
in this chapter?

4. Choose one of these two questions:


(a) What proof do we have that the narrator (Junior) feels powerless in the world?

OR
(b) Can you empathize (imagine how it felt) for the narrator (Junior) as he ran away from his father
at the end of the chapter?

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