Bob Blue


Identification and Discussion Questions

1. Why do you think Bob went to worship even though he was still argry?

(He always did what was expected of him. It would go against his self image not to do so.)

2. What in the following paragraph shows loaded language (reread the fourth paragraph for the students)?

(little Billy

... treating him like some kind of conquering hero

...if you could call it that

...actually contribute to the business

...he did more on Saturdays than Billy did all week

3. When Bob confronted Faith Moon, she did not speak in an angry or offended way. How did she respond?

(calmly and thoughtfully)

4. How did Moon's response make it possible for Bob to listen and not just hear her words?

(If she had answered with anger in her voice, he would have felt threatened and would have wanted to defend or justify himself instead of listening.)

5. According to Mother Moon, Bob is hurt rather than angry. What has hurt him?

(the feeling that he has been neglected and his brother favored)

6. What is Moon's advice for Bob's dealings with others?

(forgive others, see others' mistakes in yourself, live your life knowing that your example will be appreciated)


The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

7. How does this idiom apply to the story?

(Bob was the model son and did not get any attention; Billy had problems and got the attention. People tend to pay attention when something goes wrong.

8. What other idioms can be applied to this idea?

(If it's not broke, don't fix it.)

Diverse Thinking

How does the picture on page 59 relate to this story?

Just for Today

If anything makes you angry today, think about why you are feeling that way and decide if what you are feeling is actually hurt. If nothing makes you angry today, think back to the last time you felt anger towards someone and ask yourself how much of that feeling was from feeling hurt. If you recognize your feelings as being hurt instead of being angry, your response will be different and the person who is listening will probably respond differently, too. Saying, "I'm hurt that you said that," may get a more thoughtful response than screaming an angry remark. Try to figure out your problem and how you're really feeling before responding to family members, friends, teachers and others.






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