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'Black Beauty' Questions for Study and Discussion

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Black Beauty is one of the most famous works by Anna Sewall. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
  • What is important about the title?

  • What are the conflicts in Black Beauty? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) did you notice in this novel?

  • How does Anna Sewall reveal character in Black Beauty?

  • What are some themes? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • What are some symbols in Black Beauty? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?

  • Does the novel end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • What is the central/primary purpose? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • How essential is the setting? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?

  • Would you recommend Black Beauty to a friend?

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