The Garden Party Discussion Questions

Instructor: Tara Schofield

Tara received her MBA from Adams State University and is currently working on her DBA from California Southern University. She spent 11 years as a sales and marketing executive. She spent several years with Western Governor's University as a faculty member. Tara has been at for seven years.

'The Garden Party' is a story examining social classes, priorities, and attitudes toward others in our world. The story provides an opportunity for your students to consider their personal beliefs toward others who are of a different social status.

Using the Questions

When you study The Garden Party with your students, they have the opportunity to compare lifestyles, understand choices, and gain a greater awareness of moments that impact them. The questions below were designed to help your students consider the story from different vantage points. The three categories of questions relate to the characters in the story, the events of the storyline, and how the responding student can relate to the people and themes of The Garden Party. You may choose to mix and match questions depending on what's suitable for your students and their maturity level.

The Characters

  • The story is told from Laura's point-of-view. What is she like? How has she been raised? How do you think this has affected her character and actions?
  • What is Laura's reaction to the work men who are setting up the party? What did this tell you about Laura?
  • What is Laura's relationship like with her mother and sisters? Give examples to support your opinion.
  • Discuss the differences between Laura's family and the family she went to visit. What was the other family like? Before the day of the party, how much interaction did Laura have with her neighbors? Support your opinion with an example(s) from the story.
  • Mrs. Sheridan, Laura's mother, gives us insight into the opinions and attitudes of the family and the higher-class citizens in the area. What is your opinion of Mrs. Sheridan? What traits did you like about her? What traits turned you off? Why?

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