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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle


by Avi

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Questions

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

  1. Is the kind of ultimate power or authority that Captain Jaggery exercises ever appropriate or useful? What about in an emergency? (This is one of Jaggery's favorite lines, remember.)
  2. Do you think gender bending really has radical possibility? Can changing your gender really change the world?
  3. Would you have returned to the ship at the end of the book?
  4. How would you run a ship if you were appointed captain? As a monarchy? Democracy? Commune? Something entirely different?
  5. Do you think a thirteen-year-old girl could really do the kind of physical labor Charlotte does? If not, does this lack of realism make the novel any less effective?
  6. Charlotte joined the crew and discovered the person she wanted to be. Can joining a group make you more of an individual?
  7. Is writing a kind of agency? That is, by writing are we taking action?
  8. Why is it important to be able to speak for yourself? What's the cost of silence?
  9. How do you define yourself? Do you think of yourself in relation to someone else? Or as an individual? Do think this questions changes for boys and girls?
  10. Can a system silence someone?
  11. Does justice mean different things to different people?

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