Monday, May 24, 2010
House Rules ~ fourth set of discussion questions
1. What does a crumpled piece of paper have to do with the story?
2. How does Theo’s interaction with his father in San Francisco change his attitude toward Henry? Why does he erupt into laughter when Henry offers him a few twenty-dollar bills? Is the short trip also a turning point for Emma?
3. "You’re either a father twenty-four/seven or not at all" (p. 448). Is Emma being fair to Henry? What does House Rules have to say about parenthood and its responsibilities?
4. The final case study in the book — "Case 11: My Brother’s Keeper" — outlines the events that occurred in the course of the novel. It ends with a single line: "I’d do it all over again" (p. 531). Does this line reveal anything new about Jacob? Does it change your feelings toward him in any way?
5. What did you know about autism and AS before reading House Rules? Did the novel challenge your views on the subject, or on disability more generally? Is it an educational book?