The Wave

WINTER 2015 F Exam

LOTS

1)     What bothered Ben about the students’ reaction to the film he showed at the beginning of the novel? (5 points)

a)     He thought they weren’t interested in the film.

b)     He felt he didn’t have good answers to their questions

c)     He thought they didn’t understand the film.

d)     He wasn’t sure it was a good film to show them.

2)     At the end of the experiment, Ben tells his students that (-).

a)     history lessons must only be about facts.

b)     they must think before following a leader.

c)     he was proud of all of them.

d)     he would do the experiment again.

3)     Principal Owens says to Ben during the experiment, “Well, I can’t say that I’m crazy about this [the experiment], but you’ve never given me cause to doubt you before.” In your opinion, was the principal right to trust Ben to do the experiment? Give information from the novel to support your answer. (10 points)

4)     Laurie’s mother says when talking to her daughter about The Wave, “…if you study the types of people who join these cults, they’re almost always people who are unhappy with themselves and their lives.” Relate this quote to either Amy or Robert. (10 points)

HOTS

1)     At the beginning of the story, we learn that “Most of these students has grown uo in the small, suburban community that spread out… around Gordon High… they were surprisingly naive and sheltered.” How do the students change throughout the Wave experiment? Give information from the novel to support your answer. (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1)     Compare and contrast the roles of The Gravepine and The Wave in the novel. (7 points)

2)     Why do you think that the special edition of The Gravepine has such a strong effect on the students in the school? (8 points)



Moed Bet 2014 F Exam

LOTS

1.     Ben sees positive results of The Wave. Name ONE.  (5 points)

2.     Why doesn’t Ben want to end the experiment early? (5 points)

3.     What role does Ben’s wife Christy play in the novel? Give information from the novel to support your answer.  (10 points)

4.     Do you think Ben’s attitude towards the experiment changes from the beginning of the novel to the end? Give information from the novel to support your answer.  (10 points)

HOTS

1.     Laurie’s father believes that we should all behave as everyone else does,

            while her mother believes that people should think for themselves. How are

            these points of view reflected in The Wave?  (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.     How do Laurie’s conversations with her parents help to change her opinion of The Wave? Give information from the novel to support your  answer. (7 points)

2.     How does the behavior of Laurie’s classmates during the experiment  affect her? Give information from the novel to support your answer.  (8 points)



Summer 2014 F Exam

LOTS

1.     What was the main problem with Laurie and Amy’s friendship?

(i) They didn’t have the same hobbies.

 (ii) Laurie wanted Amy’s boyfriend.

 (iii) Amy didn’t like the student newspaper.

 (iv) They were always competing. (5 points)

2.     After Ben’s first class in the experiment, David says, “We were a unit.”

 Why is this important to him?

(i) He wants the football team to work together.

 (ii) He thinks the students will no longer help each other.

 (iii) He feels the students have become too independent.

 (iv) He thinks his school will be better than other schools.  (5 points)

3.     Ben’s wife Christy “knew Ben was the kind of person who got involved with things. Not just involved, but utterly absorbed in them to the point where he tended to forget that the rest of the world existed.”

How is this description of Ben shown to be true later on in the novel? Give TWO examples from the novel to support your answer. (10 points)

4.     At the end of the novel, Ben says to the students, “Yes, you all would have made good Nazis.” How does this statement help him end the experiment? Give information

            from the novel to support your answer. (10 points)

HOTS

1.     At the end of the novel Ben notices Robert in the auditorium “leaning against one of the television sets, tears running down his face.” Why do you think Robert was crying? Give information from the novel to support your answer. (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.     At the beginning of the novel, Ben says to the class, “After the war, many Nazis tried to excuse their behavior by claiming they were only following orders…” Laurie’s reply is, “No, that’s no excuse… Nobody  would just  follow an order like that.”  What do the above quotes and Ben’s experiment have in common?  Give information from the novel to support your answer. (7 points)

2.     At the end of the novel, Laurie said, “In a way I’m glad this happened…” Ben answered, “Well, that’s nice of you, Laurie. But I’ve already decided this is one lesson I’m going to skip in next year’s course.”  What do you think causes Ben to make this decision? (8 points)



Winter 2014 F Exam

LOTS

1.     Give ONE thing Laurie did to fight against The Wave.  (5 points)

2.     David says about the football team that “A bunch of… individuals don’t make a team.” How does David want The Wave to help the team win games? (5 points)

3.     David says about the Nazis, “… that was a long time ago… To me it’s like a piece of history.” How does Ben’s experiment prove this statement wrong? Give information from the story to support your answer. (10 points)

HOTS

1.     When the principal tells Ben he has to end the experiment, Ben says, “I can still teach them a lesson… I can teach them a lesson they will never forget.” What is the lesson the students learn from the way Ben ends the experiment?

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.     “‘Class,’ Ben announced. ‘I want everyone to see how Robert’s legs are parallel… That’s very good, Robert.'” What do you think were Ben’s motives for praising Robert? Give TWO answers. (7 points)

2.     At the beginning of the experiment, Laurie says, “He [Ben] knows what he’s doing and, as far as I’m concerned, what he’s doing is for the class’s good.”  What causes Laurie to later change her mind about the experiment? Give information from the story to support your answer. (8 points)



Moed Bet 2013 F Exam

LOTS

1.     Why doesn’t Laurie want to give The Wave salute at the football game? (5 points)

(i) She thinks they should sing the school song.

 (ii) She thinks it is not suitable for a football game.

 (iii) She doesn’t believe in The Wave.

 (iv) She doesn’t want boys to tell her what to do.

2.     “Only that I met Elaine Billings [Robert’s mother] … and she told me Robert is a completely new person.”  What change can be seen in Robert? (5 points)

3.     What is the importance of The Grapevine, the school newspaper, for

the story? (10 points)

HOTS

1.               At the beginning of the novel the pupils ask how the average German could accept a government that was so violent and intolerant.  Does Ben Ross’s experiment give them an answer to this question?  Give information from the story to support your answer. (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.     While David and Brian are waiting to talk to Laurie after school, David says, Okay, now just let me take care of this alone,” and  Brian answers, “Just as long as she understands… We’re not  playing around anymore.”  What can we infer about The Wave from this dialogue? (7 points)

2.     How does The Wave affect the relationship between David and Laurie?



Summer 2013 F Exam

BRIDGING

1.     In the 1960s a psychologist called Stanley Milgram carried out a series of experiments at Yale University. Participants were asked to give what they believed were harmful electric shocks to another person for as long as they were instructed to do so by a person in authority, even if it was against their moral beliefs. Most of the participants did what they were told to do. Only a small minority refused to carry out the orders. Make a connection between the above information and the novel. Give information from the novel to support your answer.



Winter 2013 F Exam

LOTS

1.     After Ben began The Wave experiment, what was ONE of the first new rules in his classroom? (5 points)

2.     As part of The Wave experiment, what reason does Ben give his class for not  wanting them to compete with each other? (5 points)

 i) He wants them to feel that they are all equals.

 ii) He wants them to think less about their studies.

 iii) He wants them to compete against the pupils of other classes.

 iv) He thinks they are under too much pressure to get good grades.

3.     Not long after Ben starts The Wave at school, his wife Christy says to him,  “Maybe you’re becoming a guinea pig in your own experiment.”  Discuss whether or not this statement is true. Support your answer with information from the novel. (10 points)

HOTS

1.     Just before Ben ends The Wave experiment, he says to Principal Owens: “I realize now that I made a mistake.” Did Ben make a mistake by starting The Wave at school? Support your  answer with information from the novel.

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.     Just before Ben Ross ends The Wave at the rally, Laurie says to David: “… there were good things about The Wave. It couldn’t be all bad, or no one would have joined in the first place.”

a.     Would Robert agree with Laurie? Support your answer with information  from the novel. (7 points)

b.     How has David’s perspective changed by the end of the experiment?  Support your answer with information from the novel. (8 points)



Moed Bet 2012 F Exam

LOTS

1.     After The Wave became popular in the school Ben noticed that: “… the change in Robert was indeed remarkable.”  Give ONE way in which Robert changed as result of The Wave experiment. (5 points)

2.     Why did Ben agree to let Robert be his bodyguard? (5 points)

3.     Do you think the way The Wave experiment ends will cause pupils to have more or less respect for Ben? Explain, with reference to the text. (10 points)

HOTS

1.     Before the final rally of The Wave Laurie and David had the following conversation:  ” ‘Laurie, is it possible that we’re wrong about The Wave?’  David  asked.  ‘No, David, we’re right,’ Laurie answered. ‘Then why doesn’t anybody else see it?’ he asked.”  How would you answer David’s question?

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.     What effect did the success of the experiment have on Ben?   (7 points)

2.     When Ben realizes that he has to stop the experiment, he thinks: “… it  [The Wave] had been an overwhelming success – too much of a  success.”  What does Ben mean by these words? (8 points)Summer 2012 F Exam



LOTS

1.     What are two of the mottos of The Wave organization? Strength Through (-) (5 points)

…….. i) Discipline

…….. ii) Community

…….. iii) Knowledge

…….. iv) Individuality

…….. v) Creativity

…….. vi) Power

2.     Why did Ben start the experiment? (5 points)

3.     “Ben had tried to find out what … attracted students to The Wave. Some … said they like the democracy of it – the fact that they were all equals now.” What would Laurie say about this fact? Explain. (10 points)

HOTS

1.     Explain why The Grapevine’s office reminds Carl of Anne Frank’s attic. (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.     What do you predict will be in the editorial column of The Grapevine after the final Wave rally? (15 points)



Winter 2012 F Exam

LOTS

1.     Ben’s students said of him: “He was ‘contagious’… meaning that he was charismatic.” Give ONE example from the story which shows this. (5 points)

2.     ‘Laurie Saunders is a threat,’ Robert stated bluntly. ‘She must be stopped.’ ” Why does Robert see Laurie as a threat? (5 points)

3.     At the beginning of the experiment, David believed that The Wave could help the football team win games. Why do you think that this didn’t happen? (10 points)

HOTS

1.     How do the different personalities of Amy and Laurie affect the way  they relate to the experiment? (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.     “Poor Robert, Ben thought. The only one who really stood to lose in this whole thing.” Why do you think Robert was the only one who  really stood to lose something? (7 points)

2.     Ben says to Robert at the end of the story: “There are some things we  should talk about.” Predict what they are going to talk about. (8 points)



Moed Bet 2011 F Exam

LOTS

1.     What did Ben want to achieve when he first started the experiment? (5 points)

2.     What surprised Ben about the students’ reactions to the first class? (5 points)

3.     “The class’s homework assignments had improved, but rather than long, thoughtful answers, they wrote short ones. On a multiple choice test they might all do well, but Ben had his doubts about how they’d do on  an exam consisting of essays.”  Why did Ben have these doubts about his students? Explain. (10 points)

HOTS

1.     Christy tells Ben, “I think you’ve created a monster.”  What does Christy mean by this? (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.     Ben tells his wife, “… even a game is something you either choose to play or not to play”.

a.     Do you think the children in the class had a choice of whether to play  the game or not? (5 points)

b.      How did the different perspectives of the individual students affect  their choices? (10 points)



Summer 2011 F Exam

LOTS

1.     How did the students relate to the first movie Ben showed them? (5 points)

2.     Does David’s attitude towards The Wave change at the end of the book? Explain. (5 points)

3.     Ben risked his job by showing the second film. Why did he do it? (10 points)

HOTS

1.     Robert and Laurie are both students in Ben’s class. Choose one of them  and discuss his / her function in the story. (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.     What are Ben’s strengths and weaknesses as a teacher?  (7 points)

2.      How do his strengths and weaknesses affect the choices he makes in the  story?



Summer 2010 F Exam

LOTS

  1. How did the students relate to the first movie Ben showed them? (5 points)
  2. Does David’s attitude towards The Wave change at the end of the book? Explain. (5 points)
  3. Ben risked his job by showing the second film. Why did he do it? (10 points)

HOTS

  1. What are Ben’s strengths and weaknesses as a teacher? (15 points)

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