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The View from Saturday

The View from Saturday


by E. L. Konigsburg

The View from Saturday Theme of Wisdom and Knowledge

Fact: knowledge is not the same as wisdom. Further fact: The View from Saturday spends a lot of time trying to figure out exactly what the difference is. The Souls have a lot of knowledge—an unbelievable amount, if you ask us. (Those are some seriously hard questions. Forget "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader"; the real question is, "Are You Smarter Than a Middle School Academic Bowl, Even One In New York.") They also have a lot of wisdom. But we're not too sure they could have won the Academic Bowl just by being wise.

Questions About Wisdom and Knowledge

  1. Which action in the book is the wisest, and why? Which character?
  2. How does The View from Saturday differentiate between wisdom and knowledge?
  3. What should we make of the connections between the characters' everyday lives and the facts they are supposed to know for the Bowl?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

The View from Saturday presents Mr. Singh as the wisest character.

The characters' experiences in The View from Saturday reveal that wisdom is something that waits to be discovered within every person.

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