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Inferno by Dan Brown Discussion Questions

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Teaching Dan Brown's 'Inferno' to your high school students can be a heart-pumping adventure. Use these discussion questions to help them fully understand the characters, plot, and symbolism in this novel.

Inferno by Dan Brown

Dan Brown's Inferno is a fast-paced thriller that takes readers on a journey to save the world. Use these discussion questions with your high school students to help them understand the details of the plot, nature of the dynamic characters, and meaning of the symbolism used throughout the book. You may want to conduct a discussion with the entire class or provide a list of questions to student teams. In addition, you may want to provide students with one or more questions to complete a written response as a summative assessment.

Note: These questions are designed to be used after students complete reading the novel.

Questions about Characters

  • How did Robert Langdon get involved in solving the mystery at the center of this novel?
  • How does Sienna's character change throughout the novel? Why does she decide to work with the World Health Organization (WHO), The Consortium, and Langdon?
  • How does Langdon's perspective on Sienna change throughout the novel?
  • How does Zobrist's obsession with Dante influence his actions throughout the novel?
  • When Jonathan Ferris is first introduced, why does he have a rash and large bruise? What do Langdon and Sienna think about his injuries?
  • When Elizabeth Sinskey is introduced as the director-general of the WHO, how does she explain the events from Langdon's hospital stay to his arrival at the WHO? Does Langdon believe this rendition of the events?
  • Why did the WHO go to such extremes to stage dramatic events to get Langdon's help?
  • What does Langdon find out about Sienna, Vayentha, and Ferris? How does he respond to this new information?

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