photo of Elizabeth Engstrom by Mary Bartnikowski

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Front cover of Lizzie Borden eBook

Lizzie Borden discussion questions for

→ Women’s Studies Classes
→ Book Clubs
→ Literature Classes

  1. What did you think the book was about?
  2. How would this story be different in this day and age?
  3. Did you feel that the book fulfilled your expectations?
  4. Do you think Lizzie’s life would have been different had her mother not died?
  5. Did you enjoy the book? Why? Why not?
  6. Was there anything Abby could have done to change the course of events?
  7. How did the book compare to other books by Elizabeth Engstrom (or other books in the same genre)?
  8. What could Lizzie have done to decrease the pressure she felt from her family?
  9. Did the plot pull you in, or did you feel you had to force yourself to read the book?
  10. How realistic were the characters? Would you want to meet any of them? Did you like them? Hate them?
  11. Did the actions of the characters seem plausible? Why? Why not?
  12. Would you have made some of the same decisions that Abby and Andrew made? Why? Why not?
  13. Did you feel you were experiencing the time and place in which the book was set?
  14. Did the book end the way you expected? Was the ending satisfactory?