Study Guide Questions

THE YEAR OF THE CICADAS: Study Guide Questions

Section One:  The Accident

  • Are the Cicadas symbolic of the struggle that faces Bryant, James, Steve, Catie or someone else?
  • Mother Nature and God are used interchangeably in the beginning; does it change later?
  • Although you cannot see James’ injuries, he has been injured too; describe his injuries.
  • James and Ace are misunderstood at first, how did this happen?

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Section Two:  Miracles

  • To what do you attribute Bryant’s survival?
  • Who do you think the “man in the corner” is; what about the red eyed wolf?
  • Catie, Bryant, James, Steve and the Cicadas are gathering strength, each in their own way.  Discuss this.
  • Who is discovering a new meaning for the word “family”?

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Section Three:  Recovery

  • The entire family buckles under the ripple effects, how so?
  • Describe Bryant’s struggle to recover and be free.
  • How is Caties’ perception of the Cicadas changing?
  • Catie feels a real connection to nature during this time, why?

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Section Four:  New Beginnings

  • When Catie examines the “old” wood versus the “young” wood, is she talking only about the trees?
  • Could Bryant’s “cliff” represent other obstacles found in life?
  • How did Steve and Caties’ marriage change throughout the story?
  • Do you feel the same way about the symbolism of the Cicadas as you did in Section One?

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