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.
- 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?
- Much of what drove these people was emotion and response to what was going on around them. How does emotion drive action?
- Considering the smallness of the acts by individuals in the grand scheme of things, why do you think they continued?
- The bravery these men and women displayed is hard to understand. In what ways do we display bravery or courage?
- 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?
- Have you read other books set in World War II? Which ones and would you recommend them?
- Which of these Danish resistance fighters do you most admire?
- 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?