Monday, September 28, 2015

Discussion Questions for "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride

This is a link to the Penguin Books Reader's Guide for "The Good Lord Bird.

The following are the discussion questions that I came up with for parts 1 and 2.

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride parts 1 and 2
1.      How did the news article at the beginning of the book affect your reading of the book?
2.      How does Little Onion’s attitudes toward his disguise change throughout the novel?
3.     What is the significance of the title “The Good Lord Bird”?
4.     How much is the book about Little Onion, and how much is it about the issues leading up to the Civil War?
5.     What did you know about John Brown before reading the book?
6.     Has this story changed your views of John Brown and the history of the time period?
7.     What did you think of the use of the various dialects in the book?
8.     How is the bible used in this book?
9.     Why would someone like John Brown collect good luck charms and the like?
10.   What do you think of a humorous story about slavery?

11. How does this novel compare to “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? 

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