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Overall B-

The few humans that survived the simian plague are gathering together to go to war against Caesar, his army of similarly intelligent, genetically evolved apes.

Violence D+
Sexual Content B+
Profanity D+
Substance Use C+

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

How do both the humans and the primates feel about their families? What are they willing to do in order to protect them? Does one group have to dominate the other or can they successfully live together? What makes that possibility so slim?

The apes drive a herd of animals over the side of a cliff to kill them for food. Some Native Americans used this same technique to get food for their tribe. These buffalo jumps allowed the indigenous people to hunt large animals without the use of arrows.

One of the factors in the conflict between the humans and apes in this story is the need for electrical power. The humans are trying to restart a hydro plant but the apes worry about humans coming near to city. How can the need for resources (oil, water, food etc.) lead to conflict between societies? How does the control of those resources give one group power over another?

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