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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Study Questions

The Shining Questions

  1. Which do you think is better, the Stanley Kubrick film version or the original novel? Why?
  2. What does "shining" mean to you?
  3. Is The Shining serious literature? Will it stand the test of time?
  4. How does Stephen King attempt to capture what it's like to be five, in the figure of Danny Torrance?
  5. Is the novel ever funny? Does it have moments of comic relief? Does it make you cry? Is it depressing, hopeful, both?
  6. Should The Shining be taught in the classroom? Why or why not? If so, what age groups would benefit?

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