Lord of the Flies Questions

1. Remind yourself of the end of the novel: ‘Ralph screamed…’, which is about four pages from the end.

Do you think this is a good ending to the novel?

You should write about:

  • What has just happened to the boys that leads to this situation
  • How the writer brings out the feelings and attitudes of the boys and of the naval officer
  • How effectively the writer’s ideas are shown in the passage
  • Your own feelings about the rescuer of the boys

2. Write about the relationship between Jack and Ralph in the novel.


  • What they think of each other at the start of the novel
  • How their relationship changes during the novel
  • How the writer brings out the differences between them
  • Why the writer chooses to end their relationship with Jack trying to kill Ralph.

3.  At the end of the novel the Naval Officer says, ‘I know. Jolly good show. Like the Coral Island.’

Why did Golding choose to end the novel with such a mistaken view?


10 thoughts on “Lord of the Flies Questions

  1. Question 2.
    At the start of the novel Ralph and Jack are quite friendly towards each other. They don’t really think much of each other though. When Ralph got picked thats when jack started not liking Ralph. Their relationship changes during the novel when they both think different things are most important. Jack thinks its more important to hunt and kill the pig, but Ralph thought that keeping the signal fire going and getting saved was most important. This grew a disliking between the boys. The writer brings this out by showing that Jack is someone that likes to be in control of everything and being a leader, and he shows Ralph at first a carefree person but then someone that worries about being on the island and getting saved.
    He decided to end the relationship the way he did because it shows how savage Jack had become, and showing how obsessed jack was at getting power, he would kill anything and anyone in his way – Ralph was one of them.

  2. What is the importance of Simon in the lord of the flies?
    Simon is an important character in “the lord of the flies” by William Golding because he represents a religious spiritual person in the boy’s society on the island. Simon likes to be a loner often going into the forest and thinking in his nature place. Simon is unusual and he often faints. As the time on the island goes on Simon becomes more and more vague and mysterious to the other boys.
    Simon represents religion and spirituality on the island, he likes to go by himself into the forest and think by himself in his nature place and he communicates with the lord of the flies and finds that the real beast is inside of them all and the beast on top of the island is merely a crashed parachutist and not a beast that they can hunt and kill.
    The writer uses Simon to convey the idea of spirituality and the idea that the beast is in all of us and is not something that can be hunted and killed be Jack and the hunters, they are all the beast it is inside of all of their minds and not a physical being.
    Simon is different from the other boys because he likes to be on his own in the bust and is not afraid to go and view the ‘beast’ that jack and Ralph ran away from on top of the mountain. All of the other boys on the island usually always have someone else with them wherever they go.

  3. at the beginning of the novel ralph and jack are both wanting different things but still tolerate each other.

    ralph and jack slowly begin to disagree and see things differently and they begin to argue untill they seperate into two groups.

    the writer creates tension between them with the weather and the quote by ralph ” why do you hate me”.

    william golding chooses to end ralph and jacks relationship in an attempted killing of ralph to show that differences in society cannot exist peacefully.

  4. Question 2.

    At the start of the novel Jack and Ralph instantly dislike each other because they both think they are to be chief even though Ralph elects Jack as head of the hunters Jack still has his doubts about Ralph.
    Later on in the novel Ralph and Jack begin to dislike each other even more because THEY DISAGREE on the top priorities and later on in the novel they end up at war with each other with Jack trying to kill Ralph so i think i can say they dislike each other.

    Woe to You Oh Earth and Sea
    for the Devil sends the beast with wrath
    because he knows the time is short
    Let him who hath understanding
    reckon the number of the beast
    for it is a human number
    its number is six hundred and sixty six.

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