In the City: New Zealand Short Stories Questions for 'Journey'



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In the City: New Zealand Short Stories


Questions for 'Journey'
Discuss and answer the following questions in your group:

Level 1


Find the answer to these questions in the text
1. Why is the old man going on a journey to Wellington?

2. What forms of transport does he use to get to Wellington?

3. What does he notice on the way to Wellington?

4. What does the old man tell the councillor that he wants to do with the land?

5. The councillor will not agree to the demands of the old man. What reasons does he give for this?

6. What does the old man want to have done to his body when he dies?


Level 2

Try to find quotes to back up your answers to these statements

1. Think of three adjectives that would describe the old man's personality at the beginning of the story.

2. How does the old man feel about going on the journey to Wellington at the beginning of the story?

3. The old man feels comfortable in the town he lives in. How can you tell this?

4. The old man has mixed feelings about modernization and development. On the one hand, he admires it, but on the other hand he feels regret and sadness. Why does he feel sadness?

5. Why does the old man talk about the land as if it were human?

6. The meeting between the old man and the councillor at the City Council Planning Office is the crux of the story. This is one area of conflict. What does the old man want? What does the councillor want?

7. How does the old man feel at the end of the story?

8. Why, at the end of the story, does the old man tell his family to cremate him rather than to bury him?

Level 3

Give your opinion about the author's message


1. The journey is both a real train journey into Wellington, but it could also be described as a figurative one. What is the journey also a metaphor for?

2. What differences is Ihimaera trying to show between Maori and Pakeha in the story?


3. Who does Ihimaera think has more power - Maori or Pakeha when deciding on the use of the land. Why do you think this?


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