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Monday, November 06, 2006

Week 3 - Discussion Question 2 - The Oath

In Chapter 25 Matt is forced to take an oath to pledge his loyalty to the Union. He almost cannot do it but does anyway because he fears what would happen to him if he doesn't say it. (pages 226 to 230)

Have you ever had to say something that you knew wasn't how you truly felt but you had to do it because it would result in fewer problems for yourself or others?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had to say something to a teacher that I thought was wrong, but I knew that I should be respectful to her because she had more authority.


3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I have had to say something that I knew wasn't right to a couple of people, I mainly did that so I wouldn't get into trouble since they had power over me.


5:47 PM  
Anonymous Goofy Goober said...

Is it hard to write a book?

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Goofy Goober said...

How long did it take you to write the book guerrilla season?

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Evan said...

Pages 226 to 230 are in chapter 25 right before chapter 26.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Eric Langhorst said...


Thanks for catching the mistake. I fixed it on the post.

Mr. Langhorst

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Kelsey said...

Yes, I have said a few things that I really didn't mean but I had to say them for someone else or for myself to stay on the safe side. I have stretched the truth some of the time also. I would still say it just so I could stay on the safe side.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't think of any specific examples right now, but I'm sure that at same point I said something I didn't really believe. If I did, it was most likely for a selfish reason: to not get in trouble. Have you ever noticed what great lengths kids will go to in order to stay out of trouble?

~ MC Candy Apple

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Pat Hughes said...

Candy Apple -

Having two teenage sons, I am QUITE familiar with the lengths kids go to in order to stay out of trouble! How honest of you to admit that you probably said what you did for "a selfish reason." Hmm, maybe selfish is a little bit strong, I might prefer to call it "enlightened self interest"!

When Matt decides to take the oath, it is of course out of enlightened self-interest, but I think he's also doing it for his family. He has spent a week realizing how much his family means to him, and knowing how much they (esp his mom) are worrying about him. If he doesn't take the oath, the Federals' wrath will come down not just on him, but on his whole family.

- Pat, blogging early in the a.m. while waiting for my 8th grader to get out of the shower so I can take him to school because he overslept and missed his bus. (I bet nobody on THIS blog oversleeps and misses his/her bus!)

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Cannon said...

When and where did you come up with the idea to right this book.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Dakota said...

This has been an issue for me at school a few times. Saying the right thing can get you into a group of "friends". they only want you to say what they want you to say. Ther aren't your true friends. I've tried this a few times but I've found that my true friends accept me for who I am.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous pinkshoes said...

Where did you get the idea to put the fire in the book to kill Mr.Stone? Also where did you get the idea to have susie push matt?

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have said something I thought was wrong when a teacher tells you something that you don't agree with. But in this case to go with your actual thoughts you could get in deep trouble for talking back. I often just go with whatever when teachers tell me to do something I don't really agree with.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I once had to lie to my parents about where I was going because my friend was in a lot of trouble.(I can't say about what on here). But anyways, she really needed my help and I knew that if my parents knew where I was really going they wouldn't let me out of the house. But I also knew that if I didn't go something even worse would happen.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have said things that I haven't truly felt, mainly due to peer pressure. I usually regret it some days later, but when faced with certain situations, I would just blurt out things that I felt were the best for the people right now.

MC The Pink Penguin

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many times my little sister has asked me for my opinions on many different kinds of topics. Sometimes, if I had a negative opinion, I would just say something positive and nice because I knew that if I said something negative, then first of all, she would get mad at me. Also, she would probably just follow me around until I told her why I thought that way, and sometimes, I really didn't have a reason (and it would get pretty annoying too!)

~MC Concertmaster

3:07 PM  
Anonymous volleyballlover said...

I have had to say stuff that I really didn't mean. I had to say stuff to my mom and dad that I really didn't want to or didn't mean. Like for instent my parents and I get into a lot of fights and by the middle of the fight we all have said stuff that wasn't true or wasn't suppose to say. I have said many things that my parents force me to say.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi gang! I hope you don't mind me reading up on your blogs! I have to say that when I saw you reading Guerilla Season, I had to jump in (head first)! I actually know Pat Hughes- I am a teacher who had the eighth grader(now) who overslept and missed his bus LOL! I didn't know her new book was recently released.

It is great to see elementary students blogging! What a cool way to share ideas and thoughts. Who'd ever thought you would have me on ehre right?

Keep reading Pat;s books, she is a great writer- Watch out JK!!

-Pat, tell (you know who) him we miss him and hope he is doing well!

-Tom McGee

10:22 AM  

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