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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Study Questions

The Cremation of Sam McGee Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
  1. We assume you’ve never cremated a frozen body, but have you ever promised a friend that you’d do something tough and then followed through on it?
  2. Do you think this poem is more funny or creepy? Or is it funny because it’s creepy? Or creepy because it’s funny?
  3. Does this poem make you want to go camping?
  4. Is this poem as much fun once you know what’s coming? When you read it a second time, did you miss the feeling of being surprised?
  5. Do you ever feel bad for Sam, or for the speaker, or is that not even the point of this poem?
  6. Were going to ask you the age-old question: would you rather freeze to death or burn to death?
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