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Biography Discussion Questions

  1. For the person who chose this book: What made you want to read it? What made you suggest it to the group for discussion? Did it live up to your expectations? Why or why not?
  2. What did you know about the subject prior to reading this book? Did you learn anything new about this person? If you knew of the subject before, did anything you read change your opinion?
  3. What is the subject's most admirable quality? Is this someone you would want to know or have known?
  4. What did you find to be the most interesting events in this book? What, if anything, surprised you?
  5. If this person impacted history, discuss what may have been different without his or her presence.
  6. What did you learn about the time period in which the book is set that you did not previously know? Discuss the time period in history that each person in the group enjoys reading about most, and why.
  7. Has reading this book inspired you to do further research on the subject and the time period discussed?
  8. Compare this book to others your group has read. Is it similar to any of them? Did you like it more or less than other books you've read? What do you think will be your lasting impression of the book as a whole? How about the subject specifically?
  9. What did you like or dislike about the book that hasn't been discussed already? Were you glad you read this book? Would you recommend it to a friend? Do you want to read more works by this author or more about the book's subject?