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The Orchid Thief Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

Susan Orlean
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Topics for Discussion

The Fakahatchee Strand represents various things to different characters in the book. What is its significance to Susan? To John Laroche? To the Seminole Indians?

Are Susan and John Laroche friends? Why or why not?

Other than orchid growing and collecting, name some of the other obsessions that John Laroche has maintained in his lifetime so far.

What does Savilla Quick believe happened to the orchids in her backyard? Who does she believe is responsible and why?

Give a brief history of the Fakahatchee Strand according to Susan's review of its history.

Orchid collecting was a dangerous job in the Victorian era. Describe the profession and name some of the dangers involved.

Describe the pollination scheme for orchids.

Why does an orchid grower have the monopoly on a new strain of orchid for seven years? What biological cause is the reason for this monopoly?

Describe what John...

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