Monday, May 17, 2010
House Rules ~ third set of discussion questions
1. What does a ponytail holder have to do with the story?
2. House Rules is written from the perspective of several different characters, each taking turns to narrate a chapter. Does this technique work for you?
3. Theo breaks into houses and Jacob saves the Christmas cards. Both boys are trying to have the same thing -- what they consider to be a real home. What makes their home not a “real” home to them? What do they want?
4. On page 146, Jacob says being on the other side of dead isn’t that different from having Asperger’s. What do you think he means by that?
5. The evidence points to Mark as a suspect. He claims he’s innocent. What does Emma see on the news that changes everything? How would you react? Would you call the police?
6. Mark Maguire thinks Asperger's Syndrome is a "Get Out of Jail Free card" (page 285). Oliver requests accommodations for Jacob in court. Do they seem fair? The first five minutes of the trial show the constant vigilance needed to keep Jacob from having a meltdown and how much Emma does know about her son. Let's talk about the kind of provisions made for Jacob at home, at school, in the wider community, and in court. Do you think they are excessive, inadequate, appropriate, fair or unfair?
7. What do Skittles have to do with the story?