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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins


by Scott O'Dell

Island of the Blue Dolphins Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. How is Karana's relationship to the natural world different from her father's? How is it different from the Aleuts'?
  2. How do Karana and Tutok manage to become friends? How can cultures that don't even speak the same language come to understand each other?
  3. What does the color red symbolize in this novel?
  4. Why doesn't Karana kill the leader of the dog pack? Is it better to get revenge or to have mercy?
  5. Why does Karana decide not to kill the animals of the island anymore? Do you agree with her decision? Why or why not?
  6. What do the two tidal waves symbolize? Can we ever really control the natural world?
  7. What will Karana's life be like off the island? Do you think she'll ever wear her cormorant skirt again?

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