The Story of Arthur Truluv Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

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

The following discussion questions can help you to guide your students as they work through their thoughts and reactions to the Elizabeth Berg novel 'The Story of Arthur Truluv'.

The Story of Arthur Truluv

The Story of Arthur Truluv is a 2017 novel by Elizabeth Berg that follows three lonely people who gradually become integral to each other's lives. It is a touching story that may inspire your students to think about family, relationships, and the ways that we connect with each other. These questions, targeted at high school students, can help guide your class in a discussion about these ideas as well as the plot, characters, and themes of the novel.

Questions About Plot and Characters

  • In one sentence, how would you describe The Story of Arthur Truluv? What is this story about?
  • Who is Arthur? How are we introduced to him? What is he doing? What does this tell us about this character?
  • How does Arthur first encounter Maddy? Why is it important that we first see her through his eyes? What is the context? Why are Maddy and Arthur each in the cemetery? What are they looking for there?
  • How are we introduced to Lucille? What does she represent to Arthur? What was your first impression of this character? How are Lucille and Arthur similar? How are they different? How are Lucille and Maddy similar and different? How are Arthur and Maddy similar and different?
  • How do the relationships develop between the three main characters? What do you think were the three most important moments in this plot that brought Arthur and Maddy together? How did Lucille fit into this? How do she and Maddy develop their own relationship?
  • What is the climax of this novel? What conflict is brought to a point that demands resolution? How does this represent a chance for any of the main characters to demonstrate growth or change their fates?
  • How have the main characters grown by the end of the novel? How is Maddy different from who she was? She is in the same physical setting as she was at the start of the novel, so how do we know she's different? What role did Arthur play in that? Where do we see signs of the impact he had on her?

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