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Maud's Line Discussion Questions

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Teachers, use these discussion questions about 'Maud's Line' by Margaret Verble during or after students read the book. Students will find these questions engaging while improving their critical thinking skills.

Maud's Line

Maud's Line by Margaret Verble features Maud, an 18-year-old part Cherokee woman who lives in Oklahoma in the late 1920s. The following discussion questions confirm the student's understanding of the book while allowing them to draw personal connections to the storyline.

Chapter 1 - 2

  • How do you describe Maud? Use at least 5 adjectives.
  • What happens to the family cow and how does this impact how the story unfolds?
  • Use at least 5 adjectives to describe Booker's personality.
  • Describe Maud's attractiveness to Booker. Is beauty is skin deep? Explain.
  • Explain Maud's view of the world. How did her father (Mustard) impact her point of view?
  • What do you think about Lovely's strange behavior? Discuss which book interests him and how the readings may impact him.

Chapter 3 - 4

  • Explain how Lovely's mental instability affects Maud. Describe how mental illness can impact a person and family,
  • Compare and contrast Cherokee and settler culture based on the descriptions in Maud's Line. How do the customs affect Booker?
  • Discuss why Maud feels resistant to share the murders with Booker? How does Booker react when he finds out more about the murders? How might you have reacted? Explain.
  • Why is Maud hesitant to tell Booker the entire truth about the murders? How does Booker react when he finds out more of the story?

Chapter 5 - 7

  • Describe how Maud feels initially about her pregnancy. What is her plan? How do her feelings and plans change? Explain.
  • Why do you believe Lovely killed himself? Why do you think he chose to do it in Blue's tree circle?
  • Who is Lizzie? What is her relationship with Maud? How does their relationship evolve? Explain.
  • What happens to Maud at the end of the story?
  • Who are the beneficiaries of Maud's land allotment? Discuss her rationale.

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