The Master of Ballantrae Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

This Study Guide consists of approximately 6 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Master of Ballantrae.
This section contains 323 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy The Master of Ballantrae Short Guide

Since the principal setting of the novel is Scotland during rebellious, violent times, it might be helpful to study a bit of the history of the two uprisings, especially that in 1745. It may surprise modern readers to learn how many people in that day sympathized with the Stuart cause and believed that it would triumph. Such a study should also reveal the confusion and uncertainty of the era, out of which Stevenson brings some order in his novel.

1. Given the family situation, does the conflict between the Durie brothers seem realistic? Could one brother turn so sharply against the other?

2. Is the character of Alison Graeme developed sufficiently to explain the passion that the brothers seem to have for her?

3. Does Secundra Dass add anything to the story beyond his obvious plot services? For example, is any tonal element enhanced by his presence?

4. Are the piratical activities of...

(read more)

This section contains 323 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy The Master of Ballantrae Short Guide
Copyrights
Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Master of Ballantrae from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook