Chapter 2 (p. 21-33)
Chapter two begins with Katniss preventing Prim from going on stage and volunteering to take her spot as the district’s female tribute. The rules for this are uncertain, but at the mayor’s dispassionate urging, it is allowed. Gale takes Prim back to her mother. In reverence for her actions, the crowd honors her with silence and a gesture of sympathy.
We learn that Katniss and Prim’s mother has not been the same since their father’s death.
Peeta Mellark is selected as the male tribute. His brothers do not volunteer to take his spot. We learn of the back story of how Katniss and Peeta know each other.
- What is the protocol for volunteering? Why is it different in District 12?
- What does silence at the reaping mean? (p.24).
- What does the three middle fingers to the mouth and then held out mean?
- Who is the male tribute and how does Katniss know him? What is ironic about his selection?
- What is Katniss’s mother’s mental state? How has it affected Katniss?
- What was the significance of the dandelion?