The Devil's Arithmetic Topics for Discussion

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Topic for Discussion 511459

Earlier in the novel, in New Rochelle and during the part that is set in 1942, Hannah displays a knack for storytelling. She often draws on movies, fairytales, or books to tell these stories, usually fascinating the young people around her. In the context of this novel, what is the significance of Hannah's storytelling?

Topic for Discussion 511460

Shmuel's bride-to-be, Fayge, and the young girl, Esther, both become dispirited in the camp. When Esther turns away from advice Rivka is giving about how to survive, and Fayge will not participate in the escape attempt, what point is the author making about coping with the oppressive conditions of the camp?

Topic for Discussion 511461

Why do you think Commandant Breuer periodically conducts a "Choosing," during which he visits the barracks and selects who will go to their deaths? What does this say about his nature, and the nature...

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