Shane Discussion Questions

Sorry for a bit of a delay getting these to you. Here are a few questions to get your wheels turning for our Monday night meeting…

According to this book what is a real man? Both Joe and Shane are heros to Bob; how are they different?

What is Shane’s role in Bob’s development as a man?

How is Shane dangerous, but not dangers to Bob and his family?

Why does Shane allow Chris to make fun of him when they meet at the bar?

What prompts Chris’s change of heart at the end of the book?

How would you define the relationship between Marian and Shane?

How do you think Joe would have handled the situation with Fletcher if Shane had not come along?

As you read through the book, what are the signs that this is a Christ-type, both general and specific? For example: General would mean his helping quality and integrity. Specific would mean that he helped Joe eradicate the stump (the symbol of evil that Joe could not get rid of by himself).

Why does Shane say Miram’s pie is the best stump he’s ever tasted?

Think about the way the story is told—the viewpoint of both the adult Bob looking back on his childhood interspersed with the child’s point of view? What difference does this make to the telling of the story? Why is this a good choice of viewpoint?

How old do you think Bob was while Shane stayed with them?

How is the woman character treated in this book compared to other westerns you have read or seen on film?

How does Jack Schaefer build tension in the book?

What does the fence post Shane put in that Joe can’t move symbolize?

Where do you think Shane came from? and where is he going?

For such a small, short book Shane is packed full of great things to discuss!


Discussion Questions for The Sunny Side

Well, the due date for The Sunny Side is quickly approaching.  It is about this time you need to start cramming or finding Cliff Notes to pass the oral test on Monday night.  Unlike repeating “watermelon” to feign a knowledge of the words in a song . . . The Sunny Side requires a bit of page turning combined with reading.  Due to the shortness of the chapters consider reading while you brush your teeth, grind some grain, or sit on the porcelain bowl. 

To wake you your brain, here are a few questions to ponder before we meet next week.

  1. What was your favorite story or poem?
  2. What attracted you to you favorite story or poem?
  3. What did you learn about the author and the time period from these stories?
  4. Would you recommend this book to a friend? Who in particular? Why?
  5. Where did you read this book?
  6. Which would you rather read:  The Sunny Side or Winnie the Pooh?
  7. Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
  8. In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the author’s world view?
  9. Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?

Enjoy your remaining dates with your book and kudos to those of you who have finished your book!

Anne’s evolution

I love the transformation we see Anne go through in this book. Here are a few questions to get you thinking before we meet for our discussion

1. How does Anne’s opinion of her hair change?

2. Anne’s clothing transforms through this book, explain the role of fashion for the characters.

3. Nature is always there for Anne, why is it such a reliable companion?

4. Anne is often talking about people being or not being her kindred-spirit. What are some qualities you would list as those of a kindred-spirit? Have you experienced this type of friendship?

5. What are the differences in the way Anne deals with her emotions in the beginning of the book compared to the end?

6. How Anne uses her imagination to make reality seem more appealing or attractive?

7. Why does Anne insist that her name be spelled with an “e”?

I hope you have enjoyed the book, or still can find time to finish it before we meet! Such a great story! Can’t wait to see you all on Monday!!


Hooray for SUNSHINE!

Looks like this Saturday’s weather will be beautiful! I can’t wait! We get to go to the park, have brunch, talk about AVM and fellowship!!! (Geist Park – Saturday – 10am)

Here are a few discussion questions to get your wheels turning…

1.) What did you like about this book? What did you not like about this book?
2.) How would you sum up this book in one word?
3.) Did this book inspire you to explore new ideas or to look at things from another perspective?
4.) Did this book reaffirm or change opinions you hold?
5.) What does this book tell you about how the world works?
6.) Has this book increased your interest in a particular subject?
7.) What about this book surprised you?
8.) Was there too much or too little detail?
9.) What is the significance of the title?
10.) What is one question you would like to ask the author? Would you like to read other works by this author?

Also be thinking about how you would rate this book on a scale of 1 to 10. And why?

Let me know if anyone is interested in carpooling. I’m sure we can do some arranging so not everyone has to drive. (Does anyone need directions??) Don’t forget your plate and or bowl, utensils, drink, brunch-y item and book. (I’m going to bring a crustless quiche.)

See you Saturday!!!

Robinson Crusoe discussion questions

Here are a few questions I found for our meeting next month. I thought I’d send them out early so you can be thinking about then ahead of time.

1. Is Robinson Crusoe moving or too factual and realistic or both?
2. What techniques does the author use to make it moving? (shipwreck, footprint, cannibalism) Look at how he shows instead of telling.
3. Do women find it interesting? Why or why not?
4. Discuss the theological themes in the book. Providence, Conversion, Sanctification
5. What is sin in Robinson Crusoe? Before his conversion? After his conversion?
6. How does God Guide in Robinson Crusoe? Pay special attention to “secret hints.”
7. Trace, using the text, Robinson Crusoe’s process of conversion and sanctification.
9. What virtues does Robinson Crusoe learn? How does he learn them? (diligence, obedience, tolerance, gratitude, self-control, sensibility, wisdom)
9. What Biblical allusions do you see in the text?
10. Discuss the role of fear in the book.
11. Discuss the book as an evangelistic work.
12. Look at what he took with him when he left the island and its possible significance.