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Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe


by Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe Questions

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  1. What might be the appeal of a book like Robinson Crusoe to 21st-century readers?
  2. What relationship between humans and the natural world does Robinson Crusoe propose?
  3. If you drew a chart of Crusoe's spiritual journey, what would it look like?
  4. Why does Crusoe automatically regard the island he inhabits as his property? What else does Crusoe see as his property?
  5. What is Crusoe's attitude toward foreign cultures?
  6. How would you characterize Crusoe's relationship to Xury? To Friday?
  7. Why does Friday return to Europe with Crusoe?
  8. Are there women in Robinson Crusoe? What role do they play?
  9. How might some of the ideas we find in Robinson Crusoe be a problematic for readers in the 21st century?

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