Study Guide

Witch and Wizard Rules and Order

By James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

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Rules and Order

In the City of Progress, the New Order's model city, no one chews gum, dogs have been trained to use litter boxes inside, and everyone looks alike. That's because the N.O.'s regime runs on rules and regulations that people follow out of fear. The only trouble is that it's sometimes difficult to know what those rules are. Think about it: In Witch and Wizard, Whit and Wisty are arrested for who they are, not what they've done. Not understanding the rules is pretty nerve-wracking in a society where you'll be heavily punished—or even killed—for breaking them.

Questions About Rules and Order

  1. Why do you think the New Order regime has so many rules? How would they rule differently with fewer rules?
  2. What traits do N.O. officials like the Judge, the Matron, and the Visitor seem to share? What does this reveal about rules and order in this society?
  3. The One Who Is The One offers Whit and Wisty the opportunity to join his side. Why do you think they refuse?

Chew on This

Witch and Wizard is anti-conformity and the big take-away message is that being different is okay.

Witch and Wizard argues that governments should have limited control over citizens' lives.

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