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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Discussion Questions for The Magician's nephew   Questions from Speaking Of Jack by Will Vaus

 1. Do you notice anything significant about the time period in which this story is set? 

2. How does Lewis teach morality through this book? 

3. Does Jack make the supernatural realm believable in this story? If so how?

 4. How is Digory like Jack? 

5. Digory says of the wood between the worlds, “Nothing ever happens here. Like at home. It’s in the houses that people talk, and do things, and have meals. Nothing goes on in the in-between places ...” Does this statement remind you of anything in any of Lewis’ other books?

 6. How would you describe Digory and Polly, using one adjective for each? 

7. After reading this book, what would you guess was Jack’s view of magic? 

8. What view of kingship does this book present? 

9. What do Jadis and Uncle Andrew have in common?

 10. What does the situation with Digory’s mother remind you of from Jack’s life? 

11. What do you think of Jack’s account of the creation of Narnia? How does it compare to the biblical account of creation?

 12. How might we judge each character in this story by their various reactions to Aslan? 

13. What do you think Aslan means by the statement: “Evil will come of that evil, but it is still a long way off, and I will see to it that the worst falls upon myself.”? 

14. What do you think of Aslan’s choice for the first King and Queen of Narnia? 

15. What do you think of Aslan’s response to Digory’s request in chapter XII? 

16. How do you respond to Jack’s descriptions of scenery throughout this story?

17. How does Digory’s temptation in the garden compare to the temptation in the Garden of Eden? 

18. Do you think there is any connection between Jadis and the witches in the other Narnia stories?

 19. How did you feel about the end of this story? 

20. How would you summarize what this story is about?
The beginning of Narnia! Come join Polly, Digory and Fledge on the grandest of adventures. We have all had an "Uncle Andrew" to deal with. We've all wondered if Aslan had forgotten us or not sorrowed as we sorrow. Brilliant read as only Lewis can deliver. See you there. Barnes & Noble Thursday April 12th 7:20 P.M.  :)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Man Born to be King                                      I'm not certain of the writer of this introduction or questions
Dorothy Sayers

The Man Born to be King is a radio drama based on the life of Jesus, produced and broadcast by the BCC during the second world war. It is a play cycle consisting of twelve plays depicting specific periods of Jesus' life, from the events surrounding his birth to his death and resurrection. It was first broadcast by the BCC Home Service on Sunday evenings, beginning on December 21, 1941, with new episode broadcasts at four-week intervals, ending on October 18, 1942.

The Project aroused a storm of controversy, even before it was broadcast.
Objections arouse to the very idea- atheists complained of Christian propaganda, while devout Christians declared that the BBC would be committing blasphemy by allowing the Christ to be impersonated by a human actor- and also to Sayers' approach to the material. Sayers, who felt that the inherent drama of the Gospel story had become muffled by familiarity and a general failure to think of it's characters as real people, was determined to give the plays dramatic immediacy, featuring realistic, identifiable characters with human emotions and motivations. (And speech-patterns. The decision to have the characters speak in contemporary colloquial English was, by itself, the cause of much disquiet among those more used to hearing Jesus and his followers speaking in the polished and formal words of the King James Bible.) In the event, although it continued to be criticised by conservative Christians- one group going so far as to proclaim the fall of Singapore in February 1942 to be a sign of God's displeasure with the series- The Man Born to be King was generally considered a great success, both as a drama and as biblical representation.

     1.  In another work, Dorothy Sayers says of the practice of Christianity that "the dogma is the drama," meaning that those hidebound words all children must memorize are among the most mindbending concepts around- the virgin birth, the incarnation of God, the resurrection of Jesus, etc. In The Man Born to be King, Sayers presents a very  undogmatic dramatization of the life of Jesus Christ, with Jesus as a very casually-spoken young man with a distinct sense of humor. Are these antithetical pronouncements?  Where is the dogma in The Man Born to be King?

2. Faith in Jesus and what he preaches are, in this work, very much bound to actual perception of  Jesus in action- witness Benjamin in "A Certain Nobleman" and Proclus in "The Heirs of the Kingdom." Does this portrayal of the life of Jesus weaken the ability to have faith when Jesus is not around? Why would the other characters in this work continue to have faith after Jesus is dead, and why would those who never met him and were born after his death have faith in this Jesus?

3. The portrayal of Judas in this work is somewhat more sympathetic than the widely-held perception of Judas.  Should Judas as portrayed in this work be condemned?  Is he to some degree admirable or sympathetic?  How does that change the dogma that is the drama?

4. What do you think of Jesus' take on the Old Testament, as set forth in "The Heirs to the Kingdom"?  Is it a logical extension, e.g. from "thou shall do no murder" to "never hate anybody-for hatred is what leads to murder"?  Is it repudiation, e.g. "an eye for an eye" rejected for "take no revenge at all"?  Is Dorothy Sayers rejecting the Old Testament with this speech?  Is she commenting upon and perhaps seeking the root of the old laws?

5.  The attitude displayed by contemporaries in this work toward Jesus' miracles is one of gossip and mundane interests, e.g. with the commentary on Lazarus' rising from the dead in "Royal Progress" taking the form of dinner table gossip and the comment that "if only this miracle was properly advertised..." Is this attitude present today? Is it contemptible?  A way to deal with the incomprehensible?   Does it lessen the drama or make it more accessible to have the dogma discussed in such common terms? 

6. What do you think of the character notes set forth in each play?  Does it help your understanding of the characters or interfere with it?  How does it play into the actual biblical portrayal of these events- does it change your thinking of Peter's denial of Jesus to read his character notes in "The King's Supper?"

7. Why does Jesus make an effort to save Judas from himself if in fact he knows that Judas will betray him?

8. These plays were broadcast in the middle of World War II, after the demise of appeasement as a strategy and the beginning of Churchill's regime of blood, sweat, toil and tears.  How do you think that affected the people hearing the play, hearing about Jesus for really the first time speaking in the vernacular?  How do you think the war and the tensions leading up to the war affected Dorothy Sayers' writing?

9. Why do you think C.S. Lewis encouraged Dorothy Sayers to write this work, and why did he read it every year on Easter? 
"There is no other word but magnificent for this play drawn from the Gospels. Sayers' interpretation of the characters is simply brilliant. Her Jesus can bring tears to your eyes. You will be deeply moved-a powerful experience"~Sheldon Vanauken
Certainly on of the best works I have ever read. Come on Thursday March 8th 7:20 pm Barnes & Noble. 
Be blessed by this writer who inspired C.S. Lewis.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Discussion questions for The Silver Chair 

1. What do you think of Lewis’ description of Experiment House? What does this reveal about Jack’s attitude toward 20th century education in England? 

2. What spiritual truths do we learn from Jill’s encounter with Aslan in chapter two? How did you respond to reading of this encounter? 

3. What do the Signs remind you of in our world? Why is it so important for Jill to remember the Signs?

4. Who does the Lady of the Green Kirtle remind you of in our world? What spiritual truth do you think Lewis means to convey by Rilian’s and the children’s first encounters with her? 

5. What do you think of Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle? What are his vices and virtues?

 6. What effect does the Lady’s telling about Harfang have upon the children and Puddleglum? What evil lure does this remind you of in our world? What do you think is the significance of the fact that the Lady of the Green Kirtle’s realm is underground? 

7. What do you think of Puddleglum’s statement that there are no accidents when Aslan is their guide?

 8. Do you see any significance behind the fact that Prince Rilian is in his right mind for only one hour every day? 

9. What did you think of the scene where Puddleglum and Eustace free Prince Rilian from the silver chair? 

10. What does the Queen of Underland’s spell, which she casts over Rilian, Puddleglum and the children, remind you of in our world? 

11. What do you think is the significance of the fact that Puddleglum has to stamp out the fire and Rilian and Puddleglum and Eustace have to fight the serpent? What is Lewis trying to say? 

12. What do you think of Puddleglum’s statement to the Queen that their play world licks her real world any day? 1

3. What spiritual truth do we learn from the fact that the Queen’s kingdom crumbles after her death? 

14. What is the importance of Rilian’s choice to go and see his dying father rather than visit the land of Bism? 

15. What is the biblical parallel to the Queen’s promise to Rilian to make him king of her conquered territories one day? 

16. Why do you think Jill could only think of her mistakes in Aslan’s presence when he met the children at Cair Paravel? What did you think of Aslan’s response?

 17. How did the fact that Aslan wept over the dead King Caspian make you feel? Did it remind you of anything in the Bible?

 18. What is the meaning behind Aslan’s blood bringing Caspian back to life? Why do you think Caspian is young again when he is brought back to life in Aslan’s country? How did reading this passage make you feel? 

19. What did you think of the ending of the book? Why does Aslan only show his back to the students of Experiment House? Do you see any biblical parallel? 

20. How would you summarize the theme of The Silver Chair?

From this great resource!…

Friday, January 12, 2018


    This is possibly the most rich in depth Narnia book. With every read there is something new to be gleaned. The Silver Chair has characters who you know in your own sphere. All of us have run into or perhaps been taken captive by a Lady of The Green Kirtle. We've all put a bold face on it like Puddleglum, or wrestled with pride like Jill.
Come for a brilliant conversation and friendship, Thursday, February 8th 7:20 p.m. 2018  Led by Hannah Wills.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Frankenstein Discussion Questions for Thursday January 11th 2018 Barnes and Noble 
Daniel Hamby
1: How would you describe Victor Frankenstein?

2: How would you describe his friends and family? What do you think they mean to him?

3: How would you describe the monster? Do you see him as willfully evil or a product of circumstance? Or does your view fall somewhere in the middle of these two options?

4: Why do you think Shelly deiced to have Victor tell the tale to another man on the arctic? Does this other man represent the audience?

5: Do you think Shelly draws parallels between Victor and God? If so what are they?

6: Do you think Shelly draws parallels between the monster and Lucifer? If so what are they?

7: What do you think compelled Shelly to make Victor Frankenstein suffer so much throughout this novel?

8: Do you see this book as a critique of enlightenment era thinking or as a praise of it? Or do you see it as doing both critiquing and praising of this type of thought?

9: How do you think this novel inspired future Science Fiction and Horror Stories? What do you think of its combination of Science Fiction, Horror, Tragedy?