Chapter 20

It is known that one elephant who was rather slow in learning his tricks and had been punished severely by his master's beating, was discovered later that night, alone in his tent, practicing those tricks.

Pliny the Elder, Natural History, Book III

Pre-reading discussion:

1. Does this quote relate to Jack and his Mom? How? Explain and discuss.

2. Do you think Jack's Mom went away to punish Jack? Why or why not? Does Jack think she's punishing him? Explain.

3. Predict how long someone could survive locked up in a vault. Will Sylvie and Jack get out? How? When?

Post-reading discussion:

1. Do you think Sylvie is going to turn Jack in? Why or why not? Give evidence.