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There Is No Dog

There Is No Dog

by Meg Rosoff

There Is No Dog Questions

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

  1. How do you think that Earth would have turned out if Mr. B were God all along instead of Bob?
  2. Could there be any way for mortals and immortals to live together and love each other in There Is No Dog?
  3. Bob asks if there would be any point to life if things were awesome all of the time. What do you think? Could we appreciate good things without the bad?
  4. Why do you think Mr. B wasn't allowed to become God by himself at first? Why was Bob transferred and not Mr. B?
  5. Do you think what Lucy experienced in There Is No Dog was love? If not, what was it?
  6. Is it offensive to write about God the way that Rosoff has? Why or why not?
  7. Can you think of other examples of religious satire? What does Rosoff's point in writing the book seem to be? What is she trying to accomplish?
  8. How do Rosoff's reinterpretations of Greco-Roman myths and the Bible affect how you understand those texts?
  9. Does Rosoff's interpretation seem to draw more on monotheistic religions or on polytheistic? Why might she have attempted to combine them, and what's the effect of the combination?
  10. Does it seem like Rosoff took any steps to make her book less offensive? How did she try to soften the story for religious readers, if at all?
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