Discussion Questions

Questions for Dad #1, Dad #2: A Queerspawn View from the Closet

  1. In what ways does the setting play an important role?
  2. How might the time, place, and atmosphere tie into the story’s theme?
  3. What main messages or themes are present?
  4. Do you feel the theme is preachy or heavy-handed in any way?
  5. What potential symbols stood out in the story? How do the symbols contribute to your understanding of the story?
  6. How much did you relate to the story on a personal level?
  7. What purpose do minor characters serve?
  8. What would be gained or lost if a different point of view was used to tell the story?
  9. How does the author’s use of language contribute to the story? Is it sentimental, humorous, angry, etc.?
  10. What do you feel is the most important scene in the book?
  11. Who does and does not have power in the story? Why?
  12. Does the theme confirm or challenge your values?
  13. What does the story reveal about the time, attitudes, and beliefs in which it was written?
  14. How important is both the reader’s and the work’s historical context in interpreting the story?
  15. Why do you think the author wrote this book and would you recommend it to others?
  16. What would this book look like as a movie? Who would star and why? What songs fit the soundtrack?