Issues in the World Around UsChapter Comprehension Questions.
Chapter One Ranges‘Self -esteem can be built in many ways.’
DiversityWhat Happened to Ben at school? Why did it upset him?How would you describe the way Uncle Rick lives? Doyou know anyone who lives like that?What does Uncle Rick think has happened to hiscomputer? Does this seem believable? Why or why not?What does Ben’s mother want to do that worries Ben?Why does it worry him so much?What happened to Uncle Rick’s pigeons? How do youfeel about this?
Chapter TwoLife Skills & ManagementWe all need order in our lives to feel secure
OrderWhere do you think Ben’s Dad is, and what do you thinkhas happened to his family? How do you think Ben feelsabout this?Why did Ben feel like his birth had ruined his mother’slife?How does Ben look different from his Mum and UncleRick?What were the two men doing at Uncle Rick’s house?What was Ben scared he would ﬁnd as he searched thehouse?
Chapter Three Exploring Other Ways To BeSelf-esteem should not rely on the feedback from others.
AlternativesWhat clues did Uncle Rick leave for Ben?What other clues helped Ben ﬁgure out Uncle Rick’smovements and timing?What do you think Ben means by the ‘what ifs’?Do you think Uncle Rick was right to leave Ben homealone? Is this against the law? Why?Why didn’t Ben just ask the neighbours to feed the cat?What materials did Ben use to make picture frames tosell?
Chapter Four What We Really ThinkOur self - esteem can be damaged by the attitudes of others.
AttitudesWhat had Ben told people about his father when he wasa little boy? Why did he do this?What kind of food did Ben’s mother usually insist he eat?Why?What did Ben buy on the ferry?Who did he think he heard giggling in the cafeteria?What made Ben feel sick?What happened to his walkman and backpack?What did Ben’s mother promise to wear the ﬁrst time sheappeared in court?
Chapter Five Helpful or Hindering?The ‘labels’ others put on us can affect our self- esteem.
LabelsHow do the adults in this chapter treat Ben?What did Ange do to help him - on the ferry andat Picton? What do you think she is up to?Where do you think all her money came from?Why is Ben so worried when he spots The Owland The Weasel with the policeman? What doyou think the police symbolise to him?
Chapter Six Making JudgementsLook for the positives beneath stereotypes.
StereotypesWhat did Ange’s answer about her age (‘Sixteen inSeptember) tell you about her?What slowed the bus from Nelson, so they missed theirconnection to Williamstown?What did Ben tell Ange he’d inherited from his father?What about Ange? What do their parents have incommon?What’s so special about Rimu trees?What did Ben’s mother liken ‘selective logging’ to?Whose needs was Ange REALLY meeting when sheoffered to stick with Ben after the bikie incident?
Chapter Seven Power DynamicsThere is always someone worse off than you.
PowerlessnessHow does Ben react when he realises Uncle Rick’s tapeis ruined? What ruined it?Why didn’t Ben want to hitchhike? What did he think hismother would do if she found out?What happened to Ange when they accepted the lift withthe man in the ute, and how did Ben rescue her?What place did Ben picture when he thought of ‘Hell’?Why?What had once made Lyell a prosperous town? What doyou think had happened to it?
Chapter Eight What is Truth?Other people’s assumptions can only hurt us if we let them,
AssumptionsWhy was Archie so angry about the logging? Who washe angry at?Who did Archie think was controlling logging? Who did hethink should control it?What does it mean when Ben says Uncle Rick is apaciﬁst?What do you see is the main differences between townpeople and country people? What do you base this on?
Chapter NineCause and EffectDeal with your dirt - don’t bury it.
ConsequencesWhy do you think Ange gets away with being soimpulsive?What does she think when she sees the police cars?How did Ben ﬁnally remember the coded instructions tothe camp?What did the lady in the dairy say that hinted at somekind of threat to the protestors?What did Ange overhear that got her so worried?
Chapter Ten Answering the ‘Call’Through challenge we can ﬁnd self-esteem.
ChallengesWhat is a stalactite? Does it grow up from the ground ordown from the ceiling?When Ange reads the sign aloud for Ben without himhaving to ask, what does this tell you about the change intheir relationship?Why do you think the protestors use codes on theirwalkie-talkies?What do you think ‘Code Red’ means? Where was UncleRick?
Chapter Eleven Who is the Pawn?You can be a ‘pawn’ to your own self-image.
PressureWho do you think had grabbed Ben as he ran throughthe forest? Why?Why did the police go into the forest camp and arrest theprotestors? What does it mean to refer to someone as a‘pawn’?What did Jinny use her money from her gold nugget toﬁnance?
Chapter TwelvePersonal and PowerfulTaking control of our lives builds self-esteem.
ResponsibilityHow did Sid get Ben into Waimatao? What do you thinkJinny is referring to when she talks about the ‘TrojanHorse’ on page 110?What was the building Uncle Rick is hiding in once usedfor? Why did Ben suddenly feel like crying when he sawUncle Rick?What is Jeremy Trainor up to? Why does Ben have to getthe disk back to Wellington by Monday morning?
Chapter Thirteen Taking the LeadEncouraging and appreciating others is a gift everyone can give.
ControlWhat security measures did Ben have to get through toescape Waimatao?What had Jinny managed to ﬁnd outWhere do you think all her money came from?Why is Ben so worried when he spots The Owl and TheWeasel with the policeman? What do you think the policesymbolise to him?
Chapter Fourteen Rejecting the role of ‘victim’, overcoming the fearSometimes ‘surviving’ is as good as ‘winning’.
CourageHow much did the taxi cost to take Benhome? Where did he hide the disk once hegot there?How did the two men get into the house?What did The Owl try to bribe Ben with? Howdid Ben free himself from the handcuffs?
Chapter Fifteen Staking A ClaimYou have the power to succeed - trust yourself!
OwnershipWhat was the code word Ben had to askthe lawyer for? What did it mean? Whatwas the original purpose of the codeword?What route did Ben take to reach thelawyer? What made it difﬁcult? How didBen hurt his arm?
Chapter SixteenUnique and WonderfulAcknowledge and celebrate your success.
AcceptanceWho stayed with Ben at the hospital? Why was Angewearing pyjamas?What happened to Jeremy Trainor after Uncle Rick’sinformation came out? How did this save the trees? Howdid Ange get out of jail in Westport?What did Con bring to the hospital with him? What isUncle Rick’s favourite phrase?
EpilogueCelebrate your strengths - you have arrived!
WholenessHow does Ben feel about his mother marrying Con?What does he think about Con now?Where was the wedding taking place? What time of daywas it?How did Ben feel about giving a speech? What was themain message in it? Why did his mother cry? How didBen feel when Ange arrived?