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1. Hans Brinker contains much historical information about Holland. Do you think this information detracts from or adds to the story of the Brinker family?

2. Dodge was a widow raising two sons and supporting other members of her family at the time she wrote this novel.

How does this personal experience affect the subject and tone of the book?

3. Stereotypical images often affect how we value other people and ourselves. Does Dodge use certain stereotypes of the hero and heroine and villain in this book? Do these stereotypes still have power today?

4. Several plot lines are introduced in the opening chapters of the book. What are they and how does Dodge relate them to each other?

5. Although Dodge did not know Dutch, she knew Dutch immigrants and used them as sources. How does this contact influence the English she uses, especially the dialogue?

6. As young adults, Gretel and...

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