Ungifted by Gordon Korman Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

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

''Ungifted'' is a popular and relatively straightforward read for middle-school students, and it's a great book to get students engaged in discussions. These questions can help guide that discussion.


Ungifted is a 2012 novel by author Gordon Korman, written for middle-school students. The fictional story follows a protagonist who winds up at a gifted and talented academy by accident, a premise that many students will find amusing and help to them to reimagine their own creativity and personal gifts. These questions are written for middle-school classrooms and can help your students work their way through the characters, plot, and themes of Ungifted.

Questions about Plot and Characters

  • Who is the main character of Ungifted? How are we introduced to him? What is he like? How does he describe himself? What do we learn about Donovan from the beginning?
  • Who are the other important characters in this book? How is each of them introduced? What are their personality traits? Where do we see these traits throughout the book?
  • Which characters did you relate to the most? Why? What about each character is relatable? What does each of them want? What are they trying to achieve?
  • In your own words, how would you describe the plot of Ungifted? What is the central conflict? How is the conflict established?
  • To what degree is the transfer an accident, and to what degree is Donovan responsible for the events that led to his being transferred? Why doesn't he try to stop the transfer from happening?
  • What does he think about this new school?
  • How important are relationships between characters in this book? What does Donovan learn from his friends at the academy? What do they learn from him? How are Donovan's relationships with his old friends impacted?
  • How does Ungifted end? Why do you think it ends this way?
  • How has Donovan changed throughout this story? How have the other characters changed?

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