*Note to youth leaders and teachers: You can pick and choose the questions depending on the purpose of your instruction and the age group of your students/readers.
Characters-specific: Determine which characters you wish to discuss, either from the list given or others- Gabriel, Faith, Christian, Nina, Adam, Miss Ruth, Tanner
How important was self-control in this novel?
Compare and contrast the characters Faith and Nina.
Explain the relationship transition between Faith and Christian.
Compare and contrast how Gabriel and Christian used Kung Fu.
In what ways did Gabriel struggle with his own advice?
Describe how Christian’s lack of control was destructive, specifically when it came to kung fu and his relationships with his father and Faith.
Describe the struggles of each of the following characters and how they relate to each other and the theme of the book as a whole- Faith, Gabriel, and Christian.
Why was Faith’s transition so difficult for Nina to endure?
Do you see any similarity between Faith’s struggle with her faith and Gabriel’s? Explain.
How do you feel about the return of Tanner Rose?
Which character was your favorite and why?
Which character do you feel was the strongest emotionally and why?
Were you able to relate to any of the characters portrayed and in what way?
Were the characters believable?
Was there any experience in the novel that you feel you can apply to your own life experience?
Do you find this novel valuable? Explain your response.
Which character made the biggest transition, in your opinion?
Which character made the smallest transition, in your opinion?
How is the verse Romans 12:2 reflected throughout this story?
In your opinion, how well does the author portray the presence of God in the everyday lives of the characters?
Is the author successful in presenting faith in a relevant and relatable way?
Give an example of each of the following Catholic values and explain where they were best presented in the novel: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility
Discuss some of the narrative devices that the author uses? E.g. Flashbacks, foreshadowing, third person narration, plot twists, dialogue, and imagery. Do they work?
Do these narrative devices help move the story along or are they just distracting to the story?
What can you say about the author’s writing style?
Discuss the narrative style.
What are some of the noticeable themes in the book? How did the author develop these themes? Were these methods effective?
How well did the author take you into the story?
Was the use of description effective?
Could you envision each character?
Could you envision the setting?
Did you find this novel enjoyable?
Would you recommend it to a friend? Explain your response.
Does this book prompt you to want to read more from this author?
Which character quote did you find most effective?
Which character quote do you feel is the defining message in the novel?
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