The Queen of Palmyra: A Novel Topics for Discussion
Why do you think the novel is entitled The Queen of Palmyra? Which character, if any, do you think the title refers to? What parallels can be found between the stories of the Queen, Zenie, and Francis? Based on the events in the novel, what does it mean to be "Queen"? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.
Discuss the use of storytelling in the novel. What role do stories play in Florence's young life? Choose one of the significant stories - Br'er Rabbit, Uncle Wiggily, Nancy Drew, or Bomba - and explain what parallels can be found between this story and Florence's. Why do you think the novel is entitled The Queen of Palmyra? What does this story teach Florence? What does it teach the reader about the storyteller? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments....