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The View from Saturday

The View from Saturday


by E. L. Konigsburg

The View from Saturday Questions

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

  1. Why do you think Mrs. Olinski really chose these four students to be on her team? Does the book give a satisfying answer to this question?
  2. What is the hardest question asked in the book? Would each of the characters give a different answer?
  3. Since each character sees all the others from his/her own perspective, how do we know which perspective is the "real" one? In other words, how do we know who each person really is?
  4. The book gives an explanation for how each character knows the answer to his or her question. Does there seem to be a reason why each character is tied to a particular question?
  5. Are The Souls all separate characters, or do they all function as different aspects of the same character? In other words, is "The Souls" a more important character than each of the individual Souls?
  6. Why are New York and Florida the two most important places in the book? Does there seem to be a reason?
  7. Why is the competition an academic competition and not an athletic competition? How does the focus on academics change up the familiar story of a triumphant underdog team?
  8. How believable is this story supposed to be? It seems incredible that a sixth-grade team could win the state competition, and the characters themselves seem a little unbelievable. Does it matter? Does not believing in the reality of the story change your feelings toward it?

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