True Grit Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

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

The ''True Grit'' films were based on a 1968 novel by the same name. These discussion questions are designed to help your students analyze that novel but can be adapted to help them appreciate the films as well.

True Grit

True Grit is a 1968 novel by American author Charles Portis, which inspired two films of the same name (one that was released in 1969 and one that was released in 2010). The story has become a staple in the Western genre and is often ranked as one of the most influential American novels of the mid-late 20th century. It helped solidify certain Old West archetypes and played into the Western craze of the time period. These discussion questions can help your students work through the plot and themes of the novel. The following questions can be adapted for students of various grade and experience levels and can also be easily amended to help students appreciate the True Grit films.

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