Black Star Bright Dawn:
1.What dangers threaten Alaskan hunters in the Alaskan wilderness?
2.Describe a woman’s role in Eskimo society. What is expected of her?
3.Why does hunting require patience?
4.A phobia is an unnatural fear. Describe Bartok’s phobia. Do you understand why he suffered so?
6.Explain this quote: “ In the Iditarod a man finds out who he is and what he is.”
7. If you were Bright Dawn’s parents would you allow her to attempt this over a thousand mile race? Why or Why not?
8. Describe some characteristics of Bright Dawn’s personality as found on pages 38,39 and 42. What can you tell about Bright Dawn’s personality as a result?
9.Oteg is different from Bright Dawn and his spiritual beliefs affect him on a daily basis. Give examples from the text to show how Oteg’s faith affects what he does and the decisions he makes. See pages 39 and 40.
10. Who is Raven? Describe in detail the legend of the Raven.
11. The leader of the wolf pack is significant. Can you predict how he will affect the dog pack?
12.Why do you think Bright Dawn did not heed Oteg’s advice on page 50? As a result, what were the consequences of her decision? In chapter 11 describe the most exciting event, in detail.
13. Again in chapter 12 Bright Dawn does not follow Oteg’s advice. However, we are given a reason as to why she does not follow it. What is that reason? What character traits does this incident reveal about Bright Dawn?
14. Oteg, a true friend, ‘frees’ Bright Dawn to run her own race. How does he do this, and what is his last bit of advice to her?
15. On page71 we see another special character trait of Bright Dawn’s. Describe the incident in which it is evidenced.
16. At the end of chapter 14, an amazing discovery is made about Black Star. What is it? What does this discovery tell you about man’s interdependence with nature and animals?
17. Has Bright Dawn been well prepared for the race? Is she too young? Does she have a selfish reason or a selfless reason for running it? Explain.
18. How fast is this team of dogs able to pull the sled under good conditions? Compare this to the speed of a human runner.
19. What was the first thing she was taught to do if she was lost in a whiteout? _ch.16
20. Who is the short, stooped man who comes to rescue her? Why is this a climactic event for both of them?
21. Write a reader response on what you learned from reading this book and what interesting new knowledge you might have gained.