Study Guide

The Selection Family

By Kiera Cass


Can you remember the first time you were away from your family? Well, we're just going to go out on a limb and say that it was nowhere near as stressful as America Singer's experience in The Selection. In this novel, America is chosen to take part in a competition known as "The Selection," in which thirty-five girls compete for the heart of Illéa's crown prince. That'd be pretty stressful on its own, but it's made so much worse by the fact that America's away from her family for the first time ever. Her family members might make her mad sometimes, but at the end of the day, they're all she's got.

Questions About Family

  1. Compare and contrast America's relationship with her mother and her relationship with her father.
  2. Does Maxon love his father? Explain.
  3. Why is Mrs. Singer so hard on America?
  4. Why did Kota turn his back on his family?

Chew on This

Although America is often angry with her mother, she owes her fearlessness and strength to her.

The fact that Kota turned his back on his family to improve his own status illustrates the inhumanity of the Illéan caste system.