With You and Without You Topics for Discussion

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1. How do the different members of the O'Hara family deal with Mr. O'Hara's death?

2. What do ashes represent in the novel? Why do they become a problem for Liza?

3. How does Liza overcome her stage fright?

4. Liza's best friend Denise does not want to get married in the future.

Why? Is Denise's attitude reasonable?

5. With You and Without You is divided into three Books. How is this format effective in telling the story?

6. Explain the significance of the novel's title.

7. Why does Hope steal her teacher's tool kit? Why does Mrs. O'Hara insist that Liza, not Hope, apologize to the teacher?

8. Liza doesn't want her family to watch her performance in the school play. Why does she decide to invite her father to see the play?

9. Why does Liza not want to celebrate Christmas after her father's death?

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