Study Guide

A Break With Charity Lies and Deceit

By Ann Rinaldi

Lies and Deceit

If we've learned anything in A Break with Charity, it's that ifthere's one way to become super duper popular in Salem it's to start telling lies. And that's exactly what Ann Putnam's clique does, and once they do, they learn really quickly that lying about being possessed by witches makes them seriously popular. So why not keep on deceiving their entire town? Well there is the whole witches-getting-hanged stuff, but Ann and her posse aren't worried about that. Telling lies makes them pretty powerful characters, and with all this lying swirling around town, Susanna is stuck wondering whether she is powerful enough to tell the truth.

Questions About Lies and Deceit

  1. What motivates characters to lie in this book? And what convinces them to tell the truth?
  2. Are lies ever a good thing in A Break with Charity? How so?
  3. How does lying make Ann powerful? Does it also make her weak? How so?
  4. Are there any characters that never lie in this book? How do they stay so honest?

Chew on This

Lying is okay, as long as it's for a good reason. Sometimes characters lie and it's actually super helpful, so that makes it cool.

Lying is always wrong. No matter what, characters in this book should never lie and that's that.