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The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars


by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What does An Imperial Affliction have to do with Hazel's own life? Why is she so stinkin' obsessed and how has the book changed her?
  2. How does Hazel and Augustus's relationship differ from that of other teens? How is it the same?
  3. Why is Isaac's sight such a point of contention between him and his girlfriend? Do you think his girlfriend leaving him was warranted?
  4. What is the significance of the words "always" and "okay" to the characters? Why do they pick these words?
  5. What is the significance of the fact that An Imperial Affliction doesn't end, and why does Hazel so bent on knowing what happens?
  6. What does Hazel want for her parents? Does she get it at the end?
  7. If the story was told from Augustus's point of view, how would it have ended? Would it have ended with his death, or sometime before it?
  8. Does Van Houten actually care about Hazel and Augustus? Why does he feel the need to go to Gus's funeral at the end?
  9. Why does Augustus write Hazel a eulogy before he dies? Why doesn't he present her with the ending of An Imperial Affliction instead?
  10. What does Hazel learn from her relationship with Augustus? Is it a deeper relationship than most teenage first loves, or does it just feel that way because they have such limited time?
  11. Why do the chapters in the story get shorter during the time that Augustus is progressively deteriorating?

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