To test your students' observations of the play, these questions have been written in order of appearance.
- How many years later does the story start? (10 years)
- In what town is the play set? (Apronwood)
- What do the three girls want to rub into Pippa’s hair? (egg)
- What part of her body does Pippa hurt when trying to escape from the roaring sound? (her ankle)
- How many sound jars does Ivy have? (500)
- What type of cake does Eloise make every year for the bake sale? (fruit)
- What does the neighbouring town of Yipville have that is attracting tourists? (water park)
- What is different about Elisa and Prudence’s toes? (they’re webbed)
- In Pippa’s house, what does Ivy make the sound jar taste like? (watermelon)
- What does Estella say oxygen tastes like? (chicken)
- What percent of the takings does Ernestine and the women agree on? (50%)
- How much does Englebert charge for customised sounds? ($150)
- What does Pippa give to Ivy instead of the money? (glasses)
- How many eyes was Ivy’s brother born with?
- What does Ivy say about silence at the end of the play? (it is most serene)
To prompt students to think at a higher level:
- Why do you think all of the adults' names begin with E and their children P while Ivy is different?
- What emotions do you feel when you hear something roar/what could’ve caused the sound?
- Why do the three girls pick on Pippa?
- Why did Pippa choose to ignore the fact that Ivy doesn’t have a tongue?
- Why is it wrong to bully people?
- Is it unfair for Eloise to always make herself the winner of the bake sale and why?
- Why does Pippa choose not to give the money to Ivy?
- What do you think it would be like to not be able to see anything like Ivy can’t?
- Why wasn’t Ivy able to fit in with the people of Apronwood?
- Why is it so important to listen to others?
- How could the characters have acted differently so that the play didn’t end that way?
- If you had a sound jar, describe what sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings you would make it do?
- If you could do what Ivy does with her sound jars would you make a business from it, keep it for yourself, or readily help everyone, and why?
- If you were Pippa, Would you have befriended Ivy and why?
- How do you think Ivy should have reacted to the way she was treated by the town’s people?
If you could change the ending of this play, what would you do? In a page of your notebook, write down your own ending for the story.
Bullying is a strong theme in Ivy Shambitt. Complete this Y chart of what bullying looks like, sounds like, and feels like.