MYSTERIOUS PAST AND TERRIFYING FUTURE OF THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS
OF WONDERS: A NOVEL OF THE PLAGUE
Geraldine Brooks (fiction
DIVERSIONS BOOK CLUB
General Discussion Question
1. Which book(s) did you read, and did
you like or dislike them?
Discussion Questions for PLAGUE
1. The author attempts to present a thorough
history of the plague. Did she succeed?
2. A great deal of the book is dedicated to plague
descriptions and outbreaks, and a lot less allotted to prevention and
recovery. Why do you think the author
chose this type of breakdown?
3. Compare and contrast the three different types
of plague: bubonic, pneumonic, septicemic.
4. The author writes that "a change in human
hygiene...drove plague out of humanity...It was the
irresistible spread of inexpensive cakes of soap." (p. 171) Your thoughts?
5. In the last few pages, the author discusses the
possible use of plague as a weapon. She
claims that U.S. citizens are not very concerned with plague as a
we are more concerned with anthrax and smallpox. Do you agree or
Discussion Questions for YEAR
OF WONDERS (fiction
1. How did you like the title of this book? Do you think the title fits the plot and theme?
2. Did you accept Anna as a believable character? How did her position in the town affect the story?
3. Why did the wealthy Bradford family decide to leave town? Why did they return? How would you have reacted to their behavior?
4. Do you think sealing off the town from the outside world was a good idea? Did the townspeople accomplish their goal? Would that action work in today’s world?
5. Did you find the ending to be plausible and acceptable, or far-fetched and contrived?