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Prof Pat Swenson

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

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Myth & Archetype: The Hero's Quest

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Department of English

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Liberal Studies Program

EA 100
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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - Discussion Guide



Annemarie Johansen, Ellen Rosen, Kirsti Johansen, Mama

Papa, The Rosens, Lise Johansen, Peter Neilsen

Uncle Henrik, King Christian X, Mrs. Hirsch, Misc. Nazi Soldiers


Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.


Analyze themes such as: racism, war, hatred, friendship, acceptance, believing in yourself, courage, self-sacrifice.

Do symbols foreshadow the plot, affect tone and/or meaning?

Analyze the book's symbolic title and the Star of David necklace.

Pre-Reading/Post-Reading Activities

Geography of Europe, Denmark, Sweden, Germany during WWII

King Christian X & Danish Resistance Movement

Human Rights/Holocaust Organizations (Museum of Tolerance)

History/Meaning of the Star of David

Introduction to Jewish & Danish Culture

Classroom Projects: Art, Journal/Letter Writing, Map Making/Reading, Fieldtrips, Cultural Share-Day.