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message 1: by Michelle (last edited Feb 01, 2015 11:58PM) (new)

Michelle Stockard Miller (michelleamiller) | 119 comments Mod
I could not find a discussion guide specifically for this book, but I did come across this set of general questions for any novel.

Remember...you don't have to answer every question. These questions are meant as a guide to facilitate discussion. :)

The following general questions can be applied to any novel, and they provide a good starting point for creating your own discussion questions for a given work.

1. What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?

2.What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the novel? What do you think he or she is trying to get across to the reader?

3.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?

4.How do characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes?

5. In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the author's world view?

6. 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?

7. Did you like the book? If you have read any of the author's other books, how does this compare?

8. What is this book's message?

9. How did you feel about the characters? Whom did you like or not like and why?

10. What did you think of the ending?

11. In a movie version, who would play what parts?

12. How did you feel when the character did or said....How do you think the character felt when she did or said...?

13. If questions...e.g. If the characters had done this instead, how would the story have changed?

14. What do book reviews say about this book or more generally the author, and her past works?

15. What did you think of the plot line development? How credible did the author make it?

16. What moral/ethical choices did the characters make? What did you think of those choices? How would you have chosen?

17. How authentic is the culture or era represented in the book?

18. Why do you think the author wrote this? What is her most important message?

19. How do you think the main character's point of view is similar or different from the author's point of view or background?

20. What is the author's background (her style, stature and focus)?

21. How does the setting figure as a character in the story?

22. Are the characters' actions the result of freedom of choice or of destiny?

23. Is there any moral responsibility that was abdicated?

24. Are there any symbols that may have cultural, political or religious reference? e.g. flag, tree, rose.

25. What type of vision does the author use with her word choice? Is it optimistic, pessimistic, prophetic, cautionary, humourous, satirical, venomous, cathartic?

26. What effects do the events (time, nationality, physicality) have on the character's self or personality?


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Lucy Pollard-Gott (fictional100) | 23 comments Just popping in to say that I read The Venetian Mask and I highly recommend it! Intertwined lives of two friends through childhood and adulthood; their romantic lives lead them to entanglements with two feuding families, with plenty of historical detail about intrigues among the petty nobility in late 18th century Venice. The different types of carnival masks play a prominent role in the story. One can find more about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival... and http://www.magicofvenezia.com/servlet... (this link has pictures of each type of mask).


message 3: by Michelle (last edited Dec 29, 2014 10:09PM) (new)

Michelle Stockard Miller (michelleamiller) | 119 comments Mod
Lucy wrote: "Just popping in to say that I read The Venetian Mask and I highly recommend it! Intertwined lives of two friends through childhood and adulthood; their romantic lives lead them to entanglements wit..."

As usual, Lucy, your input is so valuable! Thank you for sharing your love of the book and for the links to those sites. I will definitely check them out. I SO love those masks anyway. :)


message 4: by Lucy (new)

Lucy Pollard-Gott (fictional100) | 23 comments I have you to thank Michelle for pointing me toward this book and author--just one of many you have suggested that have enriched my year! :)


message 5: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Stockard Miller (michelleamiller) | 119 comments Mod
Lucy wrote: "I have you to thank Michelle for pointing me toward this book and author--just one of many you have suggested that have enriched my year! :)"

I'm so glad I've done so for you. :)


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Michelle Stockard Miller (michelleamiller) | 119 comments Mod
I posted discussion questions at the top of the topic for anyone interested.


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