The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Chapter 5: "On Night Street"
Chapter 5 Questions:
Why did Lina like having Mrs. Murdo at her house?
What information does Lina discover that immediately excites her, and why is this information so exciting?
Who owns the store on Night Street? Why is he familiar to Lina?
Describe the character (man) who is selling the colored pencils. Provide evidence to support your description.
When faced with the decision of purchasing the colored pencils, Lina thinks of another item she could or should buy. What is the other item?
Individual read aloud questions to answer:
What terrifying thing happens IMMEDIATELY after Lina buys the colored pencils?
Up until this time, how long had the longest blackout been?
Who is the person who helps Lina after the blackout by fixing Lina's terrifying problem? How has this person "helped" Lina before?
On pg. 83, the text says, "They were not quite as beautiful as they had been." This is referring to the colored pencils. Why do you think they were not quite as beautiful?
Chapter 6: "The Box in the Closet"
Whole Group Reading Chapter 6 up to pg. 89 final paragraph
Individual reading pg. 89 final paragraph to end of chapter.
Chapter 6 Questions:
People usually like to talk about the blackouts when they happen. Why does no one want to talk about the long blackout that has just recently occurred?
How long had the most recent blackout lasted?
Why doesn't Lina bring Poppy to the big town hall meeting?
When the mayor is giving his speech, several words are severely misspelled. Why has the author chosen to write the words like this?
What was the mayor's speech actually about?
According to Doon's father, when anger controls you, what do you get?
The simile on pg. 89 "He's as mild as a glass of water" is about Doon's father. What does it mean?
Why is Granny in the closet?
What important object does Poppy have in her mouth?