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How does the terrorist aspect of this novel relate to what has been happening in modern times, i.e. September 11, 2004.

In your opinion, what is this novel truly about? Most people accept that the novel is about Winnie Verloc and the destruction of her family. Do you agree?

Diagram the character of Mr. Verloc. What do you believe his motivations were? Do you believe that he used Stevie, knowing he may die? Or, did he simply pick Stevie, because he would not go to jail if caught? Was Mr. Verloc justified in his actions? Was Winnie justified in killing Mr. Verloc?

Discuss murder and terrorism. In what situations are terrorist acts justified? Are they justifiable at all? What about murder? Did Mr. Verloc have the right to put Stevie in the position he did? Did Mrs. Verloc have the right to avenge her brother's murder by killing...

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