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Book discussion guide: Divergent by Veronica Roth Part 2

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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. -- Book Jacket

Meeting Ideas:
Try out the Choosing Ceremony from Part 1 article

Refreshment Ideas:

7-Up Cake with home made frosting
Fresh Veggies and fruit with dip
Mint tea- served hot or chilled

Discussion Questions:

1. Each faction follows one single virtue. What are the positive and negative effects of dividing people based off a single trait, virtue, or ideal? How does our own society differ from that of the book's reality?

2. How do Factions relate to or differ from real world examples of people conforming to a particular group to fit in?

3. Do you think the factions 'work toward a better society and a better world' under their societal structure? Discuss reasoning behind responses.

4. Which Faction do you most relate to? Which faction appears to be the most popular in the group? The least?

5. In Tris's society, people put 'faction before blood'. Are there real world examples of a similar loyalties? Name a few.

6. Tris was placed in a position where she had to choose between her family and being herself. Could you relate to her situation?

7. It appears that Abnegation produces an unusual percentage of Divergents whose primary traits are free will and creative thought. How can 'selflessness' translate into will power?

8. While Dauntless faction centers around bravery and combat, do you think they are the 'strongest' faction? Discuss responses.

9. If you were Tris, could you forgive the ones that turned on her during her initiation process?

10. What does it mean when Tris says "Half of bravery is perspective? Do you believe the other factions virtues are a matter of perceptive as well?

11. In what ways could Tris be considered a hero? How is she similar and 'divergent' from the classic hero?

12. While the story follows Tris, some might argue others would be the actual hero of the story. Which character or characters would you label heroes within the novel?

Kindle Download of the book: Divergent by Veronica Roth


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