A Good Man is Hard to Find Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'A Good Man is Hard to Find' is a popular short story by Flannery O'Connor about a flawed family who encounters a murderer during a road trip. This asset provides discussion questions for classrooms about the story.

'A Good Man is Hard to Find'

As students read Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man is Hard to Find,' they will begin to ponder questions about how to define good and evil. The questions in this asset support classroom discussions about this short story.

The Road Trip

This section contains questions about the family members, their relationships to each other, and their trip to Florida.

  • What three words would you use to describe the grandmother? Why did you choose these words? How do the other members of the family respond to the grandmother? What does that reveal about the grandmother? What does it reveal about the other members of the family?
  • Why doesn't the grandmother want to go to Florida? Do you feel like her reasons are justified? Explain your answer.
  • What are some things the grandmother does to prepare for the road trip? What are some things you do to get ready for a long car ride?
  • What are some examples of the generation gap that are revealed on this trip? What things do you view differently from your parents and grandparents because of the generation in which each of you grew up? How can you prevent these generation gaps from negatively affecting your relationships with others?

The Misfit

In this section, there are questions that will help students analyze the meaning of 'good' and understand the family's encounter with The Misfit.

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