Secondhand Lions

1.  Put yourself in Walter shoes at the beginning of the movie.  How would you feel about your mom?  Would you believe her?  Is the really trying to keep the family together? Is she coming back in a couple weeks/months? (4)

I would feel betrayed and confused. No, because in the last she’s lied to him. No, she’s actually building a wall from her son and the mother probably won’t come back for a year.


2.  At the beginning of the movie it is evident that Walter doesn’t have a lot of self-esteem and isn’t overly happy with his life.  How do we, the viewers, know this? (List two specific examples and explain) (2)

You can tell because Walter is very shy and doesn’t stand up for himself. You see this when

3.  What happens in the movie to show the viewer that Walter is starting to build up his confidence and feel a sense of belonging? Explain how you know this (2)

He’s starting to speak he’s mind more and telling them how he feels. When he comes back to the farm when he runs away. He tells his uncles the rules they need to follow, if they want Walter to stay with them.


4.  How does Walter help his uncles? (1)

By Walter staying with he’s uncles, the greed relatives won’t come visit the uncles.

5. How are Walter and the lion similar? (2)

They both were given away. They are innocent. Walter and the lion both just want to be loved and cared for.

6. At the end of the movie the writers use a double entendre to end the movie on a powerful note.  What is a double entrendre?  How is it used in the movie?  How does it allow the movie to have a powerful ending?(5)

“They truly lived” When Walter goes back to the farm, to see that their uncles died. Then the uncles nemesis grandson comes and seems Walter and asks them, if they were really real. It has a powerful ending because it tell us readers, that the uncles lived their life to its full potentially. They went to the war, they fell in love and was able to raise a successful child.

7.  Why do you think the movie is titled Secondhand Lion? Be sure to support your answer (2)

I believe it’s called second lion because Walter and the lion were both outcast, they both were left behind. The lion and Walter were both given away against their will. They both were given a second chance.

8.  How did being raised by his uncles impact the man Walter grew to be? (3)

It impacted Walter because he grew up with actually relatives who love him. They taught him how to be a man. They taught to always stand up for himself and to never let anyone walk all over him.


9. Walter is a dynamic character in that he changes and grows as the story progresses.  Write a well-developed paragraph showing how Walter grows throughout the story. (10)

Walter grows in many ways in the movie. Walter starts off very shy and timid. He’s been neglect with he’s mother and was scared to feel the same with he’s uncles. Walter soon becomes very open-minded with he’s uncles and starts to make demands with them. He finally stands up for himself. At the end of the movie he finally stands up to he’s mother. She has let him down so many times and has been dragging him down with her. Walter soon becomes a man by the way he’s uncles influenced him.

10. What does Walter have in common with Leia from Fix Me? (3)
They both are shy and innocent. A family member left them both behind. A man abused them both. Leia parents both died and her auntie doesn’t try to communicate with her. Walter’s mother ditched Walter at he’s uncles house. Leia was abused from her father. His mother’s boyfriend abused Walter.

11. What do the Lions have in common with Leia from Fix Me? (3)
The lion just wants to be free, away from everyone else. To be where she feels the most comfortable in. Leia and the lion are also similar because they both were judged by the way they looked. The uncles thought the lion was a wild animal and was going to kill her. The zookeeper judges Leia on the way she looks.

To answer after we are done reading FIX Me by Rune Michaels:
12. What do the Lions offer Walter that the monkey offers Leia? List as many similarities between the relationships as you can come up with (6)

  1. 1.    The lion offered comfortably to Walter.
  2. 2.    The monkey offered Leia someone to love and a purpose
  3. 3.    The lion offered Walter protection

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