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Der er tre typer af arbejdsspørgsmål:

Step by step

Skuespillet er her delt op i sektioner på 5-6 scener. For hver sektion stilles først en række spørgsmål af opsummerende eller fortolkende karakter relateret til de enkelte scener – og sidst et spørgsmål, der opfordrer til diskussion af et af sektionens temaer i en bredere sammenhæng 

After reading

Spørgsmål, der relaterer sig til skuespillet som helhed. 


Forslag til elevforedrag eller måske den større skriftlige opgave – her kan man have glæde af "the bibliography", som er at finde i forbindelse med disse arbejdsspørgsmål på denne net side og Stephen Greenhorns egen introduktion.

Step by step spørgsmål:

Scene 1-5:

  1. Comment on Alex and Brians´s introduction to Motherwell.
  2. Why is Brian always at the library?
  3. Why is Alex working as an unskilled worker?
  4. Why is the Kid desperate to have a pair of Air Jordans? Why is it so important to have these very expensive accessories?
  5. Why does Mr. Binks want Alex to dust the surfboard?
  6. Enter Mr. Binks. Describe your first impression of this man.
  7. Who is Ronnie? Why does Ronnie talk to him?
  8. Compare the violence committed by the customers with the violence that Mr. Binks commits.
  9. What is Alex´s reaction to getting fired?
  10. Comment on the fact that youth unemployment is an ever-increasing problem in Western Europe. Find examples in scene 1-5.

Scene 6-11:

  1. To whom does Alex compare Mr. Binks?
  2. Name the major league Glaswegian football club.
  3. Why did the robbers leave the surfboard in the shop?
  4. Alex is comparing the Glaswegian police to Miami Vice. Do you think people are affected by the things they see on tv?
  5. Why did Alex steal the surfboard?
  6. Comment on the relationship between Alex and his mother. Describe her.
  7. Why does Brian not want to leave immediately?
  8. What is Alex´s plan?
  9. Compare the personalities of Alex and Brian.
  10. Discuss the family scenarios and family values introduced in this section. On the basis of these first scenes try to make a character sketch of Alex and Brian.

Scene 12-16:

  1. Comment on the kid’s attitude to Alex (and Brian).
  2. Where can you buy a pair of Air Jordans for only 20 pounds?
  3. Comment on the way Mr. Binks treats the Kid.
  4. Explain the difference between a map and a route.
  5. Discuss the fact that a lot of unemployed young people are being sent on sometimes aimless courses, in order to obtain more self esteem, expand their skills, and in the end find a job.

 Scene 17-22:

  1.  What is it about Brian´s travel guide comments that irritate Alex?
  2. Why are Brian and Alex so reluctant when they are asked where they are going? Discuss their situation.
  3. Why do Brian and Alex accept the invitation from Diesel?
  4. Describe the way it is settled that Mirren should join the two boys on their journey to the North.
  5. Comment on the way that the seats in the car are distributed between the three.
  6. In what way is Mirren different from Brian and Alex (scene 21)?
  7. Comment on the lack of communication between Binks and the Lollipop Lady.
  8. Point out some of the cultural differences that have been sketched in the play so far.

Scene 23-28:

  1. Discuss the industrial use of the Scottish countryside.
  2. In scene 25 Mr. Binks is phoning his mum. Imagine what the mother is saying at the other end.
  3. Describe Alex´s problems in scene 26.
  4. Compare Iona´s attitude, to the mountains in scene 29, with the one described in scene 23.
  5. Comment on the fact that a Canadian woman and a French man seem to be completely integrated in highland life.
  6. Comment on Iona´s remedy for tense shoulders (scene 28).
  7. Discuss the increased role of activists and grassroots movements fighting for better conditions. Discuss for instance the recent actions of Greenpeace.

Scene 29-34:

  1. How did Iona end up in Scotland?
  2. How does Iona describe the project that she is working on, and how do the others respond (scene 29)?
  3. Why can Alex not say the word beautiful?
  4. Comment on Brian´s parallel between dogshit and snow (scene 29).
  5. What is it Alex is scared of?
  6. Describe Alex´s early morning experience (scene 30).
  7. What has the British government tested in this particular area, and how (scene 32)? Relate the anthrax problem to the discussion at the end of the previous section.
  8. Why does Alex say "no rush" (scene 32)?
  9. What does Mr. Binks do to the boy in scene 33?
  10. They arrive in Ullapool. Describe Serge´s appearance (scene 34).
  11. Comment on Serge´s reaction to the fact that they have actually made the trip so far in the Lada (scene 34).
  12. Comment on the fact that a lot of dreams and feelings are being crippled and destroyed in this section. What happens in the long run when dreams, feelings and illusions remain unfulfilled?

Scene 35-40:

  1. What did Alex expect from the people up North (scene 35)?
  2. Why is Alex so reluctant when Mirren asks what they are going to do when they get to Thurso (scene 35)?
  3. Comment on the way that Mirren talks about her father.
  4. Explain how Gunn and Mr. Binks misunderstand each other (scene 36).
  5. Why does Alex assume that Serge is on drugs (37)?
  6. Why does Alex have no problem saying beautiful in Ukrainian (scene 37)?
  7. Comment on the transfiguration of the car (scene 38).
  8. Describe how the others react to Brian´s state of catatonia.
  9. Recount the story that Brian tells while he is in shock (scene 39).
  10. Discuss the problems created by the clearances (scene 40). Use notes.
  11. What happens to Brian while he is alone?
  12. How does Alex respond to this?
  13. Compare the Ceilidh to similar gatherings in Denmark.

Scene 41-46:

  1. Comment on the petrol prices in Northern Scotland (scene 41)? Use the notes.
  2. Why does Mr. Binks - once again - choose a violent approach?
  3. Why do Nato use Northern Scotland as a practice area (scene 42)?
  4. Comment on the symbolic value of Loch Hope.
  5. Why has Brian decided not to go back (scene 43)?
  6. What is Alex´s reaction to this decision?
  7. At the beginning of scene 44 Tom is a bit hurt, why?
  8. Why does Mirren want Brian to see Tom´s office?
  9. Comment on the dramatic structure of scene 45.
  10. Describe how Mr. Binks´ violent behavior escalates.
  11. Discuss how the technological progress has made us able to communicate with people all over the world.

Scene 47-51:

  1. Describe the characteristics of the "flow country" that our travellers enter after leaving Tongue.
  2. How does the shaper describe the relationship between surfer and board (scene 48)?
  3. Why does the Shaper have to go to Safeways?
  4. Characterize the Shaper.
  5. Why does Mr Binks choose the name Mr. Yamaha when he checks into the hotel (scene 49)?
  6. What are the Shaper´s plans when they leave the pub (scene 50)?
  7. A lot of people have found inner peace through alternative methods, astrology, healing etc. Comment on this increased focus on spiritual life.

Scene 52-54:

  1. Compare the two dialogues in scenes 52 and 53
  2. Explain the symbolism of what happens to the car at the beginning of scene 54
  3. What is Mo's function in the play?
  4. Comment on the Shaper's insight regarding Mr. Binks and Ronnie
  5. What is Mr. Binks' function in the play?
  6. Describe the development of Alex, Brian, and Mirren - and make a guess at their future.
  7. Relate Stephen Greenhorn's choice of characters to his introduction to this play.
  8. Compare the Scotland you meet in the first scenes to that of scene 54 - and relate both to Stephen Greenhorn's introduction


After reading

  1. Comment on the symbolism that lies in the fact that Mr. Binks rides a Yamaha motorbike, and the boys drive an old worn out Lada.
  2. Comment on the choice between the obvious and the sneaky route. Compare the places that Alex and Brian pass with those passed by Mr. Binks.
  3. Discuss the title Passing Places. How many different meanings can you find?
  4. Define the message of the play.
  5. Discuss the dramatic form "a roadmovie for the stage".


  1. Make an in depth study of Scottish political history. Discuss extreme nationalism vs. national identity. Use Stephen Greenhorn´s introduction and bibliography.
  2. Compare the political activities among young people in Wales and Scotland to those in Denmark. Compare the Welsh and Northern Irish political history to the Scottish. Use bibliography.
  3. In the past few months it has become quite clear that neither the newfounded Welsh nor the Scottish parliament want to pursue the role as England’s underdog. Instead they have uttered wishes to be integrated in the European community. Comment on this.
  4. Compare the nationalism within UK with the current state of ex-Yugoslavia.

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