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The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney 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, present these discussion questions about the Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix to confirm students read the book. They'll also explore their beliefs, values and opinions about the characters and scenes.

The Nest

The following questions explore the student's understanding of the storyline.

Chapter 1 - 10

  • Discuss why Bea thinks Leo owes her the story about his accident. Do you believe he should share the story with her, why or why not?
  • Did Leo actually go to buy drugs or meet his siblings? Discuss your opinion and use information from the book to support your answer.
  • Describe how the Plumb siblings acted regarding the inheritance. Do you believe their actions were appropriate? Explain. If you were one of the siblings, explain how you would have reacted.
  • Describe Stephanie and Leo's relationship. Explain how Stephanie would feel about Leo orchestrating a drug buy.
  • Use five adjectives to describe Paul. If you were a character in the book, would you be friends with Paul or Leo? Explain.

Chapter 11-20

  • Has Melody built her life around the nest? Explain. If you were a counselor in the book, discuss the advice you would give Melody.
  • What happened to the girl in the car with Leo? Discuss why you believed the author waited to this point to share the details. Do you believe this was an effective tactic? Why or why not?
  • Discuss Bea's hesitance in sharing Matilda's immigration status. Explain what you may have done in Bea's position and why.
  • Explain how Leo and George reacted when Bea told them about Matilda and her family.
  • Does Leo truly care for Stephanie? Discuss quotes from the book to support your answer. Should Stephanie be involved with Leo? If you were Stephanie's friend, what advice would you give her and why?

Chapter 21 - 30

  • Discuss the reference the author uses to describe Walter and Melody's financial plight. Do you believe this was an effective analogy? Why or why not?
  • Describe Tommy and Jack's encounter regarding the statue. Thoroughly explain each person's point of view.
  • If you were Tommy, would you keep the statue? Identify at least three reasons to support your rationale. Then compare and contrast your reasons with your shoulder partner.
  • Will Leo feel pressured to stay or leave once Bea's story breaks? Explain.
  • Why did Leo want Bea to use the name Archie in the story? Do you agree with his suggestion? Why or why not?

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