Essay Topic 1
Explore Jared's initial reaction when he hears Charles's lecture. What does he think of the message? Why does the lecture upset him? What does he seem to think of Charles?
Essay Topic 2
Look at the way the novel uses foreshadowing. List three instances in which foreshadowing is used and explain their significance to the rest of the novel.
Essay Topic 3
Throughout the book Shirin and Charles tell Jared stories and present him with analogies. List two of these instances and explain their significance to the book and to B's message. What do these stories represent? Why do Shirin and Charles teach this way?
Essay Topic 4
Explore Jared's wavering sense of faith in his religion throughout the novel. When does he begin to doubt his faith? When does he finally admit that he has lost it? What is the significance of Jared, a priest, losing his faith...
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