Author: Arnold Lobel
Plot Summary: When Owl goes for a walk one evening, the moon follows him home and won’t leave when Owl tells it to go home. But when the moon disappears behind a cloud, Owl misses it.
Posted In: Epistemology, Metaphysics

Discussion Questions

What is it to be alive? How can we tell if something is alive or not?

  • It moves.
  • It has a face.
  • It eats.
  • It sleeps.
  • It talks.
  • It grows.
  • It dies.
  • It feels.
  • It thinks.
  • It communicates.

Are the following alive? Why or why not?

  • Rocks.
  • Water.
  • Cars.
  • Bees.
  • Toasters.
  • Books.
  • Light.
  • Rain.
  • Feelings.
  • Animals.
  • Movies.
  • The sun.
  • Trees.

What goes to sleep? Do the following things go to sleep, don’t go to sleep, or you don’t know?

  • Grass.
  • Light.
  • The moon.
  • A bear.
  • A river.
  • A fish.
  • The rain.
  • A tree.
  • A door.
  • A television.
  • The world.

Knowledge and Belief

  • Can the moon be looking at Owl? Why does Owl think so?
  • Does Owl’s belief that the moon is looking back at him give us a reason to think this might be true? Why or why not?
  • What makes something true?
  • How could we find out if Owl’s belief that the moon is looking at him is true?