Fix Me Questions

 

 

Chapter 1
1. What does the main character uncover about her brother that causes her to state, “I’m smiling, because for a moment I love my brother again” (pg. 3)?
Aside from the obvious- what does her discovery infer about her brother?

She says this because it’s a dance that her brother and her do everyday. It’s painful for her but she understands that her brother feels the same. They both cut themselves.
2. Why do you think Rune Michaels uses the example of earthquakes to describe the aftermath of a brother-sister fight?
Earthquake only last for minutes or even seconds. Just like their fight. It goes for a couple of minutes, then calms down.
3. The main character states, “I’m broken. But nobody’s trying to fix me.” …
She’s breaking down and nobody is noticing her. She is hurting and wants someone to help her.

 

4. Why do you think it could be a bad idea to stay in a house that obviously has history for Brian and the main character?
It brings back bad memories of their past. It might help them start a new life with a new house. It could be in a safer environment, which does not have a whole lot of violence in it.
5. Why do you think Michaels leaves out the main characters real name, when she easily could have introduced it within the conversation between Aunt Phoebe and Mrs. Foster?
It keeps us interested in the book. It lets our minds picture our own main character. If the main character had a name, it would lose the readers imagination on her.

 

Chapter 2

1. Why is the following quotation significant to what we are learning about the main character, “They’re real people- they have trains to catch, taxis to hunt down, places to be, things to do. They leave tips… (pg. 13)
She doesn’t believe she’s a real person. She doesn’t think anyone cares about her and her own feelings. They are always busy and never paying attention the deeper meaning of life.
2. Predication: How do you think the main character knows the stranger in the coffee shop? Did she overreact? What do you think she is afraid of?
I believe the main character knows the man in the coffee shop, from a picture she sent around. Or her father took inappropriate pictures of her and put them on the Internet. She had every right to overreact to the man. She was afraid to remember the bad memory and that it might happen again.

Chapter 3
1. What do you think could have stood out to the main character when she overheard the conversation between the mom and child? Specifically the line that says; “Maybe they like being nice and not hurting people, honey. You know, like we do.”

I believe what would have stood out was when the mom said, “… people don’t hurt other people.” When her family member hurt her when she was very young.

2. Why do you think she feels safe with the elephants close by?
I think the main character feels safe with the elephants because they are very large and always protect their young. They are very peaceful animals that don’t kill other any animals.
Chapter 4

1. How can she feel more at home in foreign place?
Leia feels more at home because she feels safer and more comfortable. She doesn’t have any needles
2. Why do you think there is such specific focus to the elephants?
Maybe when she was younger her parents always took her there. Or that’s where her parents met.
Chapter 5

1. When Leia finds out that Tina is being hurt she exudes more passion than we are used to seeing with her character, why is this?

The reason why is because her and Tina are both hurting but nobody is helping her.
2. Why is the bond that Leia has with Tina, becoming so real and important to her?
Since they are both hurting, Leia is going to help Tina out so she doesn’t have to be put down.
Chapter 6

1. Why does Leia seem so embarassed at the thought of liking Kyle?

She’s never liked anyone before; she might be scared that he won’t like her in that way.

Chapter 7

1. Why is Brian so quick to bring Leia needles; when he isn’t the type to do things for her?
Brian loves her, and wants her to come home. He doesn’t want her to hurt herself but if that’s the only way she can get with the pain, he will bring her the needles.
2. What are 2 symbols you think could represent the major themes or ideas in the novel?

1. Abuse {Emotional, Physical and Sexually}

2. Trust towards others
Chapter 8/9
1. What is the explanation behind Leia’s plotting to kill someone? Do you think she is serious?
She’s plotting a kill because if that man from the café comes to the zoo, she needs to know where to put the body. Yes, because I think she knows Kyle will help her and she knows that ‘s what she will need to do for her to never see that man again.

2. Prediction: Why do you think Leia was keeping the item and hiding it from her brother?
She keeps the item to remember what happened that day and to let her know that she isn’t crazy.
3. What themes do you think are starting to become consistent within the novel?
Abuse {Emotional, Physical and Sexually}
Chapter 10

1. Why do you think Brian and Leia erased all memory of their parents? By destroying all the items do you think it helps with forgetting?
They erased all memory because they didn’t want to see evidence on that day. By seeing their parents face it reminds them who did it and that they were family.
Chapter 11

1. Explain how you think Leia began to save her own life by fighting for Tinas?
Leia is finally standing up for herself and someone else. Leia finally fights for life instead of self-harm abuse. She actually shows love and cares about animals.
Chapter 12
1. What is shocking about Leia and Eve’s confrontation?
She’s finally telling the truth and she’s finally coming out to someone.
Chapter 13
1. A great deal was uncovered in this chapter? Take a minute to list everything that was unveiled.

The mom might have something to do with the pictures that were taken from the kids.

4 years since the parents died

Lea always lays a rose and lights a candle at her mom’s grave every year besides this year.

Lea believes that her mom drove off the cliff.
2. Do you get the impression that Brian and Leia’s mother knew what their father was doing?

My impression is that the mother doesn’t want to believe that the awful things were happening to her kids. I think she doesn’t want to talk about it because she doesn’t want it to become true.

3. Why do you think Michaels writes the novel ensuring the big issues are noted in a subtle and unclear manner?
She leaves out all the big issues because it makes us think.
Chapter 14/15

1. Prediction; what do you think is going to happen to Leia now?

Leia is going to save Tina’s life and she’s finally going to step out of her life.

2. What has Leia learned about who she is because of her connection to the elephants skin?
She’s stronger now and she can’t penetrate her skin anymore.

3. How does the final statement relate back to the comparison to the elephants; “Inside there’s Leia. Outside there’s me.”
Inside Leia feels like herself. Outside she finally feels that she can express herself.
4. Why doesn’t Michaels ever mention Leia’s real name?
It keeps us interested in the book. It lets our minds picture our own main character. If the main character had a name, it would lose the readers imagination on her.

 

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