This week, the class read the story, "Lingkuan Gorge." After
reading, students worked in groups to compose comprehension questions. See the
What had impressed the narrator about the boy and his family?
The narrator is impressed by the boy and his family’s attitude
about work. For example, the boy says to the narrator that “a man
shouldn’t leave his post,” and so the narrator proceeds to his job
How do we see that the family’s love gives encouragement to each
member of the family?
For example, the boy feels he is observed by his father and mother,
even though they cannot see one another clearly. The boy, through his
action (taking care of his baby sister) clearly understands what is
needed and does the job necessary.
What do the narrator’s actions imply about his change in attitude
near the end of the story.
The narrator goes on to his job and this implies that he has
decided that it is important to get to the job site that day and not
tomorrow as he thought before.
Why does the narrator (writer) emphasize the cold weather?
The narrator emphasizes the cold weather because it makes the
project seem more difficult and the bonds among the family members
seem even stronger.
Why does the man decide to continue his journey at the end of the
story when, at the beginning, he decides to quit until the next day?
The man decides to continue his journey because he is touched by
the boy’s responsibility for his baby sister. He may feel inspired
by the boy and, perhaps, a bit ashamed of himself, an adult, who has
less stamina than a little boy.
Why is the narrator on his way to Lingkuan Gorge?
The narrator is on his way to Lingkuan Gorge because he is
Materials Department Chief for the work site.
How does the man feel at the end of the story?
The man feels determined to complete his journey and feels he must
meet his responsibility. Also, he feels close to the young boy and
thankful for his example.
Why does the boy’s family live in a cave without a good door and in
The family lives this way because they are workers and need to live
close to the work site and such places are only temporary.
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