B Level Questions

B Level Questions

  • What is the American Dream, and is it achievable for the characters?
  • In what ways does the American Dream mean different things for different characters?
  • What is the relationship between decisions and consequences for one or more of the characters?
  • How do the decisions and actions of characters reveal their personalities?
  • How does conflict lead to change for the characters?
  • What problem-solving strategies do the characters use to manage conflict and change?
  • How does a character’s point of view affect the way s/he deals with conflict?
  • What personal qualities help a character to deal with conflict and change?
  • How do one or more characters form and shape their identities?  How do they define who they are?
  • How does what others think about a character affect how s/he thinks about him/herself?
  • How does family play a role in shaping one or more characters’ values and beliefs?
  • What role or purpose does religion / spirituality serve in the culture of this work?
  • How do values and beliefs shape who characters are as individuals and influence their behavior?
  • How does power or the lack of power affect individuals in this work?
  • How are prejudice and bias created? How do characters overcome them?
  • How do labeling and stereotyping influence how characters look at and understand the world?
  • How does nature inspire a character in this work, or even the author?
  • How do personal experiences shape one or more characters’ view of others?
  • Why does happiness seem to be so elusive (difficult to find) for one or more characters in this work?
  • What are the elements that build a strong friendship in this work?
  • What do the characters learn from different generations?
  • How is conflict an inevitable part of relationships in this work?
  • What personal qualities help or hinder the formation of relationships for one or more characters?
  • How are characters transformed through their relationships with others?
  • What sacrifices do the characters make for freedom?
  • When does a character’s positive personality trait become a tragic flaw?
  • Why do you think the author picked the setting your book is located?
  • Did the actions of the characters seem plausible? Why? Why not?
  • What are the biggest things your character has learned in life to date?
  • How would the book have been different if it had taken place in a different time or place?
  • How often does the main character make the right decision?

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