Assignment 7: Information Fluency

Assignment #7 – Information Fluency

Topic: The curious incident of the dog at the night-time

Notes – Cut & paste / paraphrasing My ideas, questions, connections, etc.


The novel of the multiple-Tony winning Broadway play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been taken off a summer reading list after parents complained about swear words and the book “taking of God’s name in vain.”

After receiving emails and telephone calls from parents over “concerns over the delivery of the text”, Allen Burch, the principal of Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida, cancelled the assignment because he wanted to “give the the opportunity for the parents to parent” according to the Tallahasse Democrat.

“To have that language and to take the name of Christ in vain – I don’t go for that. As a Christian, and as a female, I was offended,” said Sue Gee, a parent who e-mailed the principal on July 20.

According to the Democrat, “the f-word is written 28 times, the s-word 18 times, and the c-word makes one appearance.”

Critics of the decision are calling it an act of censorship. “I feel like it is second-guessing teachers. I never thought that the school would participate in an act of censorship,” Valerie Mindlin, whose children attend the high school, told the newspaper.

The novel by Mark Haddon is about a 15-year-old boy, with Asperger’s Syndrome, who investigates the death of a neighbour’s dog and uncovers dark truths about his family.

My question was why some people said this book is inappropriate.


And I gather my answer by reading some reviews and evaluations. Well, this resource is reliable and believable because I also check on other resources, and they all said “28 f-words, 18 s-words and one c-word” appeared in the novel.


This quote answers my question effectively by using the data proof. And it explained why parents do not want their children to read this book.


I read this book before, and I didn’t pay attention to the bad language because I knew it is just the author is being honest with us, so he write down what he sees and the things that

Zoglin, R. (2014). Broadway Mind Games: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Time.Com, 1.


Christopher, inside whose world we are thrust in Simon Stephens’ extraordinary play, is autistic. He is unable to have normal social interactions or to handle stimuli from the outside that upset his familiar, carefully ordered reality. He avoids eye contact. A mere touch sends him into hysterics. He takes words literally and cannot process new and complicated information — unless it relates to numbers, at which he is something of a genius. The diagnosis today would be Asperger’s disorder, though neither that term nor the word “autism” is ever spoken in the play.

My question was what kind of person is Christopher.


And I gather my answer from this quote. This answer makes sense, and it is believable because I double-check on other resources. And they all have a similar idea.


After I read the book, I have a vague idea about Christopher, who is the protagonist in the book. However, I want a analysis and a summary of him. “He avoids eye contact. A mere touch sends him into hysterics. He takes words literally and cannot process new and complicated information” can answer my question very well.

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