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Group Discussion Questions

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Jaclyn Schroder

on 12 September 2013

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TEXT-TO-WORLD OR TEXT-TO-SELF CONNECTION QUESTION: CLOSED-ENDED QUESTION: OPEN-ENDED QUESTION: UNIVERSAL THEME/ CORE QUESTION: Write a question dealing with HOW an author chose to compose a literary piece. How did the author manipulate point of view, characterization, poetic form, archetypal hero patterns, for example?

Example: Why is it significant that Santiago finds his treasure back in Andalusia and not at the
pyramids? Write a question connecting the text to the real world or to the reader.

Example: What is your personal legend? Have you discovered it yet? Do you plan to achieve it,or are you afraid it may be beyond your reach? Does high school help or hinder young people from
pursuing their personal legend? (After reading The Alchemist). Write a question about the text that will help everyone in the class come to an agreement about events or characters in the text. This question usually has a "correct" answer.

Example: In Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, why does Santiago hesitate to leave Fatima behind
in the oasis when he departs for Egypt? Why doesn’t he ask her to travel with him? Write an insightful question about the text that will require proof and group discussion and
"construction of logic" to discover or explore the answer to the question. These are called “interpretive questions,” and there is often more than one answer that can reasonably considered as a valid interpretation based on the evidence in the story.

Example: In Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, does the old king of Salem (Melchizedek), reappear
later in the story in other guises, such as the Crystal Merchant, the Thief, or the Englishman? Write a question dealing with a theme(s) of the text that will encourage group discussion about
the universality of the text.

Example: After reading Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, what is your belief about the importance of following our dreams? Is there a danger in ignoring dreams that are risk or unlikely in favor of pursuing goals that seem more attainable or realistic? LITERARY ANALYSIS QUESTION: INTER-TEXTUAL QUESTION: Write a question dealing with how the text relates or connects to other texts you have read or films you may have seen (preferably for this course).

Example: In The Alchemist, how does the motif of dreams compare to the theme of dreams as
omens in the movie Field of Dreams?
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