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The Highwayman

The Highwayman

  

by Alfred Noyes

The Highwayman Questions

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

  1. Do you think the choice Bess makes is stupid or inspiring? Is love ever a good enough reason to give up your life?
  2. If you made a movie of this, who would you cast as the highwayman? How about Bess?
  3. Have you ever admired a criminal? Do you think it's OK to make robbers into heroes?
  4. Why do you think people tell ghost stories? Is the ghost story in this poem meant to make us scared? Happy? Sad?
  5. How do you feel about tragic stories? Would you switch this ending for a happy one if you could?

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