Discussion questions for Class Collision: Phoenix Rising
Genre: Fiction, YA Fiction, Historical Fiction, American Drama
- At the beginning of the book, Linda realizes that David has been less than honest with her. Do you think she should she have postponed the wedding?
- Was David justified in his secrecy? Is dishonesty ever appropriate?
- In Class Collision: Fall From Grace, David spent years trying to return home. In Phoenix Rising he is an adult. Why doesn’t he just go home?
- At what point do you think Linda realizes that she is still in love with David?
- During World War II, the entire country seemed to back the war effort. Have things changed in the United States in this regard?
- When David returns from the war on furlough, he and Linda go to the ranch for Lucy’s wedding. It becomes apparent that Lucy believes David is a horrible, cruel, sorry excuse for a human being. Have you ever known someone to misunderstand another person so completely?
- Why did David take such a dangerous job in the war? Did he want to be a hero? Was he in it for the glory? For the pay?
- Is David a product of his environment? How much of his personality was set at birth?
- When David and Alex argue outside the mansion by the fountain, Alex seems to be speaking to his brother, even though he doesn’t believe in David. Do you think Alex is justified in his anger?
- How did you feel about Elizabeth’s initial reaction to her long lost son?
- Why does Alexander wait so long to tell David that he believes in him?
- Would David have been interested in Linda had he not been kidnapped?
- What kind of person would Alex have become had David had not been kidnapped?
- Why do the servants recognize David when his family does not?
- At the end of the book, Gordon is finally humbled. Do you think David should have rubbed his nose in “it” and made a public spectacle of him?
- The premise of the book seems to ask the question, “Can money buy happiness?” What do you think?