Lord of the Flies - Study Guide

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Nobel Prize 1983, #70 on the Big Read List (UK’s top 200), Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels, Time Magazine’s 100 best, #74 on The 100 Best Novels Written in English, #66 on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time

An airplane, carrying a group of British boys fleeing a devastating nuclear war, is shot down and crashes, stranding the boys on a tropical island. With the pilot dead and only themselves to rule the island, the boys try to establish some form of order.

Under the leadership of Ralph and the advice of a boy called Piggy, the boys set up rules for survival and rescue. Above all else, a signal fire must be maintained. This responsibility is accepted by Jack and his followers, who are also the hunters.

But something stalks the island, sowing fear and discord. The fire is allowed to die and a rescue ship misses them. Day by day the boys change. Conflicts arise. Mistakes happen. And as time passes, the children become barbaric, careless, and cruel.

Content Warning: This title is recommended for mature readers!

Through William Golding's brilliant and iconic novel, students will learn: 

About the Author: Learn about William Golding.

Background Information: WWII aftermath, psychoanalysis.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth. 

Literary Techniques: In context, dictionary, characterization, setting, allusion, symbol, foreshadowing, imagery, mood, point of view, juxtaposition, irony, Messiah figure, synonym, pathetic fallacy, personification, theme, conflict.

Moral Lessons and Character Values: Eden, leadership, repentance, Bible study, sin, fear, truth, certainty, restraint, worldviews, rules, mental state, violence, evil, death, moral law, justice. 

Activities and Writing Assignments: Essay choices, creative writing, art, history, map, philosophy, island novels, poem, crossword, elegy.  

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview! 

Features and Benefits of the study guide 

Printed Workbook Format 

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on the eyes
  • Every question has plenty of whitespace for student’s answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the student’s work
  • Convenient, removable answer key included for the teacher! 

  CD Format 

  • Provides the study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • Our Interactive Study Guide should be opened with the FREE Adobe Readerprogram. With the interactive feature, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress.
    Note: Mobile Devices/Tablets may require alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields.
  • Or choose to conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole guide at once
    • Print single lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire guide for classroom sets
  • Easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete separate answer key file included for the teacher! 


  • 5
    Always love the Biblical perspective

    Posted by melissa g. on 12th Dec 2015

    Always love the Biblical perspective and thought provoking devotion type questions that help making literature with worldly perspectives readable!

  • 5
    Perfect. Exactly what I ordered.

    Posted by Kelly M. on 26th Nov 2014

    Perfect. Exactly what I ordered.