Stephen Vincent Benét
though Benét wrote this story years before
the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima,
Japan, his description of damage to the "Place
of the Gods" is eerily similar to the damage
Hiroshima suffered. Learn more about the atomic
bombing of Hiroshima at this Web site; then write
a comparison of the "Great Burning"
and the Hiroshima bombing.
Mystic Places: Stonehenge
there are several ruins of structures and civilizations
that remain a mystery to us. For example, this
Web site explores the mystery of Stonehenge, an
ancient structure of stones set in a circular
pattern in the English countryside. With a small
group of classmates, discuss any parallels you
can find between our curiosity about Stonehenge
and the narrator’s curiosity about the "Place
of the Gods." What drives our thirst for
knowledge of past peoples and places?