Questions for A Long Walk to Water

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chapter 1

RL.4 In this introduction to the story, we see the word "going" being repeated several times. If "going" was relatively easy, what do you think coming back will be like? 

RL.3 In your own words, summarize the reasons for the war. 

chapter 2

RL.3 Salva initially assumes that he is important and should act like a man. How does the soldier treat him? 

chapter 3

RL.3 We learn in this paragraph that Salva is not a stranger to war. What has been happening in his village? 

RL.3 Explain the importance of water to this story. Consider the story of Nya, Salva, and the fighting between the Nuer and the Dinka. 

chapter 4

RL.3 How is Salva's story similar to that of Nya? 

chapter 5

RL.2 This story describes many challenges to survival. Describe three that you've learned about so far.

EXTRA HELP Think about challenges from the environment and those from society. 

RL.3 Why is it so easy for Salva and Marial to become friends? 

chapter 6

RL.3 Compare Nya's life at the lake camp with her life at home.

EXTRA HELP Consider the availability of water, safety, and shelter in the two places. 

RL.3 At times it seems like Salva is a small child, and at other times he seems like a mature young man who is learning to survive in very desperate circumstances. Do you think of him as a child, or as a mature young man? 

chapter 7

RL.5 How does this illness parallel the experience of Salva and his tribesmen from the previous chapter?

RL.3 How do you suppose they will get the boats? 

chapter 8

RL.2 Akeer's illness is another example of how difficult it is to survive in this environment. What is the dilemma that she faces? 

RL.3 Not everyone needs to struggle as much as Nya and Salva. How would you describe the life of the fishermen? 

chapter 9

RL.3 Predict who the strangers in the Jeep might be. 

RL.3 Why is the first day in the Akobo the "longest day" Salva has ever lived through?

EXTRA HELP What sorts of things does he endure that make it difficult for him to get through the day? 

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