Book Club – questions for Courage & Defiance

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I am inserting a quick post here in the middle of the month for the Book Club. The reason? Wendy and I could not find any published questions for Courage & Defiance by Deborah Hopkinson. So, what do you do when you can’t find what you need? You write it yourself. Here are the questions that we have created for Courage & Defiance. The post with this discussion will be published on July 7.

Courage and Defiance

  1. When you think of the Holocaust, what do you think about? Does this book fit with those thoughts? In what ways does it fit or diverge?
  2. Much of what drove these people was emotion and response to what was going on around them. How does emotion drive action?
  3. Considering the smallness of the acts by individuals in the grand scheme of things, why do you think they continued?
  4. The bravery these men and women displayed is hard to understand. In what ways do we display bravery or courage?
  5. Were you in the shoes of these young folks, would you prefer to act alone, as Niels Skov did, or would you rather be a part of a larger, organized group, as Jorgen Kieler was? Why?
  6. Have you read other books set in World War II? Which ones and would you recommend them?
  7. Which of these Danish resistance fighters do you most admire?
  8. p. 120 “Only a drop in the ocean, that what they say. Well now, the ocean consists of drops.” – Morgan Fog on the use/effectiveness of Danish resistance.
    What was his purpose in this statement? Do you agree? Why or why not?
Hope you enjoy reading this one. It is fantastic!
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4 thoughts on “Book Club – questions for Courage & Defiance

  1. Wendy June 16, 2016 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Thanks again for writing questions, Lori. And for picking this book. My kids and I are enjoying it as a read-aloud to supplement our study of WWII and Memorial Day.

  2. Annette Tinholt Vellenga June 16, 2016 at 8:34 pm Reply

    ooh.. interesting questions. Maybe I’ll see if I can find the book at the library before July… sounds like it would fit with a book I just read.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome June 17, 2016 at 8:12 am Reply

      I saw that book you reviewed and added it to my list. Sigh – that list is getting long!

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