Study Guide Questions for Charles Dickens'
from chapters 9 to 17, composed by small groups on May 9, 2002
Chapter Nine (M.T. and L.S.)
(after the first visit to Miss Havisham's)
1) How does Pip describe Satis
House, Miss Havisham's place? Why does he lie about the house?
2) List some examples where
he lies about the house.
3) Why does Pip bring up the
dogs to Mr. Pumblechook?
4) Why does Mr. Pumblechook
as so many questions about the house?
5) Why does Pip talk to Joe?
Chapter Eleven (V.Y. and S.C.)
(Pip's second visit to Miss Havisham's)
1) Why are SArah Pocket and the
other visitors at Miss Havisham's house? What do you think their
relation to her is?
2) Why do you think Miss Havisahm
doesn't want her birthday to be mentioned?
3) Name a few things that
Estella did to further torment Pip.
4) Why do you think all the
clocks are stopped at 9:20?
5) Describe the significance
of the pale young gentleman that Pip encounters. What takes place
during the scene?
Chapter Fifteen (A.K.. and M.D.)
1) What does Pip do with his knowledge
on Sunday afternoons?
2) Who is Orlick, and what
is his relationship to Joe?
3) What was the casue of the
argument between Mrs. Joe and Orlick?
4) What occurred in the Satis
house that caused a great change?
5) What disaster occurred
at the end of the chapter with Mrs. Joe? Do you agree with the way
Pip felt about it? Why or why not?
Chapter Sixteen and Seventeen
(M.M. and L.S.)
1) Who do you think broke into
the house and attacked Mrs. Joe and why? Support your answer, based
on the information given in the chapter.
2) What do you think Joe is
thinking when he finds out that Mrs. Joe has been attacked?
3) When Mrs. Joe is being
care for, she communiates with a slate. Why do you think she continually
writes the letter "T" on it?
4) Why is Pip embarrassed
by being an apprentice to Joe?
5) Why does Pip get angry
at Biddy when she tells him to stay away from Estella?
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