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The Rosie Project Book Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

The following questions can help guide your students through a structured discussion in which they explore their thoughts and feelings about Graeme Simsion's 'The Rosie Project'.

The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project is a 2013 novel by Australian author Graeme Simsion about love and the unpredictability of life. The following questions are intended for high school students, although they can be adapted to other ages as well. These questions can help guide your students through a structured discussion about this novel, its character, and its themes.

Questions about Characters and Plot

  • How are we introduced to Don Tillman? How is he first presented? What was your first impression of this character? What gave you this impression? How would you feel about this character if you met him in person one day?
  • How does Don deal with the complications of life? How does he attempt to maintain a sense of structure and order? Why do you think this does not seem to extend as successfully to his love life? How does Don explain this to himself? How does the Wife Project fit into this?
  • How does Don meet Rosie? What does each character initially think of the other? Despite their differences, what do you think draws them to each other?
  • How does Rosie begin to reveal the flaws in Don's questionnaire and criteria for a suitable mate? How does she begin to impact him? How does he start to change as a result? Does he have an equal impact on her? How does Don contribute to Rosie's growth as a character?
  • How do Rosie and Don each deal with the relationships (romantic and platonic) in their lives? How are they different in this? How are they similar?
  • How does this novel reveal the elements of its central mystery, as well as the clues to the answer? What did you think about how this progressed? How does the development of this plotline fit into the development of Don and Rosie's relationship? Do these parallel each other in any ways?
  • What is the climax of this novel? How does this bring the central conflicts to their breaking points? How does this represent a chance for the main characters to make a choice or demonstrate their growth? How does the climax resolve? What did you think about this resolution?

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