Lord of the Flies Study Guide

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies is the story of a group of boys whose plane crashes during the wartime evacuation of English schoolchildren. All adults are killed in the crash, and despite early attempts at organization, spearheaded by a boy named Ralph, the boys quickly descend into inhuman behavior that begins with the taunting of an overweight boy known as Piggy and ends with the formation of a savage, bloody society. When the boys are rescued they are confronted with the horrors of their own actions.

Who does Ralph first meet on the island?

  • Jack
  • Simon
  • Piggy
  • Sam

Where is the island?

  • Off the coast of England
  • The South Pacific
  • The Caribbean
  • The Indian Ocean

What is Ralph's father's occupation?

  • A teacher
  • A naval officer
  • An accountant
  • A pilot

What is Piggy's real name?

  • It is unknown
  • Henry
  • John
  • Harry

What does Ralph find in the lagoon?

  • A skull
  • A shell
  • A large stone
  • A fish

Jack says he should be chief because he:

  • is the smartest.
  • can hunt.
  • is the tallest.
  • can sing C sharp.

Who does NOT go on the initial expedition up the mountain?

  • Ralph
  • Jack
  • Piggy
  • Simon

What does Jack hunt on the island?

  • Pigs
  • Rats
  • Snakes
  • Boars

What does Piggy suggest they do first?

  • Build a fire
  • Build shelters
  • Hunt for meat
  • Take everyone's name

Who is the only boy who helps Ralph with the shelters?

  • Eric
  • Piggy
  • Jack
  • Simon

Jack finally kills a pig after he:

  • Runs faster
  • Paints his face
  • Gets a sharper stick
  • Makes a trap

Who has a secret spot in the forest?

  • Ralph
  • Jack
  • Piggy
  • Simon

On the island, the boys eat mostly:

  • Meat
  • Nuts
  • Fruit
  • Fish

In the assembly after the ship passed the island, Ralph does NOT discuss:

  • Lavatories
  • Bathing
  • Shelters
  • The beast

Simon suggests that the beast is:

  • inside everyone.
  • a boar.
  • from the sea.
  • from the air.

What falls on the island, after the boys discuss the beast?

  • Another plane
  • A man in a parachute
  • Debris from a mid-air collision
  • A dead bird

Who first spots the "beast" on the top of the mountain?

  • Simon
  • Piggy
  • Sam
  • Eric

What do the boys do after the first incident with the "beast" on the mountain?

  • Stay near the platform
  • Explore Castle Rock
  • Climb the mountain
  • Rebuild the fire

What do Jack's tribe steal during the night?

  • The conch shell
  • Piggy's glasses
  • Fire
  • Sticks

Who talks to the Lord of the Flies?

  • Simon
  • Ralph
  • Piggy
  • Jack

What is the Lord of the Flies?

  • The "beast" on the mountain
  • A voice in the boys' head
  • A "beast" at Castle Rock
  • A pig's head on a stick

How does Simon die?

  • Killed by the beast
  • Murdered by the tribe
  • Drowned in the sea
  • Hit by a rock and thrown off a ledge

How does Piggy die?

  • Killed by the beast
  • Murdered by the tribe
  • Drowned in the sea
  • Hit by a rock and thrown off a ledge

Who are the last boys to join Jack's tribe?

  • Ralph and Piggy
  • Maurice and Bill
  • Sam and Eric
  • Simon and Piggy

What are the boys doing at the close of the novel?

  • Screaming
  • Fighting
  • Leaving
  • Crying

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