Rich Man, Poor Man Topics for Discussion

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Discuss actions and reactions. How many actions can you trace through this novel that have affected each of the characters? Why does one action affect so many people? Are these actions restricted to family members, or are other people affected? Why or why not?

Discuss family. What are the family dynamics of the Jordache family? Why do you suppose Rudolph is the one everyone comes to for help? Why not Gretchen, since she is the oldest? Why do you suppose Thomas resents Rudolph for so many years?

Discuss alcoholism. Both Willie and Jean are alcoholics in this novel. How does alcohol affect the people around Willie and Jean? Why do they drink? Why do they continue to drink knowing what damage their drinking has inflicted on those around them? Do you think Thomas's death will cure Jean of her disease? Why or why not...

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