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The Chosen

The Chosen


by Chaim Potok

The Chosen Questions

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

  1. How might this novel have been different if the female characters were fleshed out and fully realized?
  2. Is there any humor in this novel? If so, what are some funny moments? If not, why do you think this is? Would the novel benefit from more humor of less humor, or is it just right?
  3. Is Reuven a reliable narrator? That is, do you trust that he’s telling us the truth, as he remembers it? If you do, why do you think that is? If not, what doesn’t ring true about Reuven?
  4. The novel makes a big deal out of being able to "hear silence." What do you think of this? How does it contribute to the major themes of the novel?

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