Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins


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Group Members

Mitchell Beaulieu
Andrew Beckmann
Eamon Costello
Jessica Doughty
Thomas Fouchereaux
Cotter Jackson
Tom O'Toole
Devin Simsarian
Ben Weinrich
Mattie Woodside
David Pearl
Nestor Garcia

Discussion Location: Mr. Pearl's Room 107

Characters

Katniss Everdeen The protagonist of Catching Fire. Winner of the 74th Hunger Games and tribute in the 75th Hunger Games.
Primrose Everdeen Younger sister of Katniss Everdeen and daughter of Mrs. Everdeen.
Mrs. Everdeen — Mother of Katniss and Prim. Used to be an apothecary and heals the wounded of District 12.
Peeta Mellark Co-Winner of the 74th Hunger Games and tribute in the 75th Hunger Games. Katniss' fiance in District 12.
Gale Hawthorne Katniss' true love interest and hunting partner from District 12.
Haymitch Abernathy The alcoholic mentor of Katniss and Peeta. Hunger Games winner and part of the rebel movement.
Effie Trinket The colorful and annoying escort of the District 12 tributes in the Hunger Games.
Cinna Katniss' Lead Outfit Designer and one of the only "normal" looking people of the Capitol.
Flavius The man in Katniss' Prep Team. He works with Katniss' hair.
Venia The woman with golden tattoos in Katniss' Prep Team.
Octavia The plump woman in Katniss' Prep Team.
Portia — Peeta's Lead Designer for the Hunger Games.
Finnick Odair Winner of 65th Hunger Games and tribute in the 75th Hunger Games. A "pretty boy" and strong ally from District 4.
Mags — Female tribute of District 4. Old lady who is Finnicks mentor and good friend.
Johanna Mason Young woman, won one of the Hunger Games. Teases Katniss and has a abrasive personality.
Wiress — Female tribute from District 3. Smart woman, who requires help from Beetee to finish her sentences.
Beetee — Male tribute from District 3. Intelligent man who works well with inventions and wire traps.
President Snow The antagonist and devious president of the Capitol and Panem. Plans to kill Katniss and stop the rebellion.
Plutarch Heavensbee Head Gamemaker of the 75th Hunger Games. Wears a Mockingjay watch.
Darius Peacekeeper of District 12. Becomes an Avox after trying to defend Gale Hawthorne from his crimes.
Bonnie and Twill — Refugee/Escapees form District 8. Allies of Katniss and the rebellion.

Questions

Plot-Based Questions and Analysis

What was Haymitch's thinking trusting Finnick and giving him the pin?
If there was a full, large-scale rebellion, do you think the districts could overthrow the capitol?
How far do you think President Snow will go to extinguish Katniss' life?
What do you think the Capitol will do to Peeta, now that he is the "Reigning Champion of the Hunger Games"?
How did the "clock" design of the 75th Hunger Games affect the district tributes?
What do you think Katniss is going to do to save Peeta

How did winning the Hunger Games affect Katniss' family?

Conflict

What is the biggest challenge for Katniss in the Arena?
What is a conflict that has submerged between Katniss and Gale throughout this book?
What do you think is the most cruel dead in the Quarter Quell?

Character/Narration
How do you think Katniss and Peeta's relationship grew through the novel? The tour?
What is your opinion of Finnick, do you think he can be trusted in the coming series of events in the final book?
What do think will happen to Johanna's character after the group is seperated? Will she turn on Katniss?
How does Katniss deal with her inner conflict of her love of both Peeta and Gale?
How does Katniss describe President Snow?
What do you think about Katniss feelings? Does she really love Gale? Do you think that she loves Peeta but she doesn't know it yet?
Do you think Finnick Odair is as superficial as he looks?
How do you think Katniss and Haymitch's relationship is going to develop after the Quarter Quell?
What are some similarities not easily found in the book between Katniss and Haymitch? How are they important?

Setting

Do you think District 12 has really diminished and do you believe that District 13 is still there?
What do you think is the most creative danger in the Arena?
About what year do you believe the story took place? Why?
What has happened to the rest of humanity and what is its role in Panem?
What do you think about the games started in the sea? Don't you believe that is a big advantage for the District 4 tributes?
Do you think that the second games location was on purpose?
How does the setting of this book coincide with the plot and conflict of the book?

Themes/Motifs/Symbols

What are the themes of this novel?
How does friendship, between Katniss and the other tributes, relate to the ultimate goal of the districts?
Does Katniss' ability to trust others effect the outcome of the Quarter Qwell?
How is love a theme in this novel?
How does Catching Fire begin to portray the darker side of the Hunger Games trilogy?
How is friendship a theme in that novel?
What are examples of why power and control are themes?

Key Words/Themes

Killing, Murder
Love
Youth, Growth, and Maturity
Trust, Deception
Sacrifice
Pride
Repression, Rebellion
Friendship, Teamwork
Power, Control
Independence, Loyalty

Significant Passages

"On the seventy-fifth anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol, the male and female tributes will be reaped from their existing pool of victors (172)." — President Snow

"Katniss, there is no District Twelve (391)." — Gale Hawthorne, Final line in Catching Fire.

"You're the Mockingjay, Katniss. While you live the revolution lives." — Plutarch Heavensbee

"This is where and how and when we all die (382)." — Katniss



Style of Writing

What aspect of her writing keeps the reader intrigued and never wanting to put the novel down?
What age levels was this book intended for? Does it make the book less enjoyable for different ages?
Did the level of the book make it more fun to read? Boring? Why?
What is the author trying to portray or point out in this book?

Related Links
Suzanne Collins Official Website
The Hunger Games Wiki