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Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
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Discussion Questions



Note: Page numbers listed below refer to the trade paperback edition.



1. On page 39, Miles describes losing his family as they aged and he didn't. Think about spending


the rest of eternity at your current age. Who would you lose? What would you gain? Would it be


worth it?


2. On page 64, Tuck tells Winnie, "You can't have living without dying. So you can't call it living,


what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road." What do you think he means by


this?


3. On pages 99-100, the man in the yellow suit tells the Tucks, "Did you really believe you could


keep that water for yourselves? Your selfishness is really quite extraordinary, and worse than


that, you're stupid." Who is really selfish and unintelligent here, and why?


4. On page 119, Winnie thinks of the Tucks, "They were helpless. Or too trusting. Well, something



like that." What do you think they are? If you knew you were going to live forever, how would


that change what you worried about and how you interacted with other people?


5. On page 126, a huge thunderstorm hits Treegap. Why do you think the author chose to have the


storm here? How is the weather related to the plot of the story?


6. Jesse and Miles feel quite differently about their immortality. How does each feel about it? Who


do you identify with more?


7. People sometimes think immortality is desirable. What are some reasons the Tucks would give to


argue against that?


8. It's wrong to commit murder, but was Mae Tuck wrong to kill the man in the yellow suit? Why


or why not?



9. Winnie broke the law when she hid in in Mae's cell to let her escape. Imagine you are Winnie's


lawyer. What would you say to the court in her defense?


10. Compare the beginning and end of Tuck Everlasting, and discuss how Winnie's character


changed.


11. Sometimes, people can be afraid of dying. After reading Tuck Everlasting, how have your


thoughts on death changed (if at all)?


12. Think about the title of this book. What does Tuck Everlasting mean to you? What might it mean


to Winnie?


13. Does this novel have a happy or sad ending? Why? If you could rewrite the final chapter, how


would the ending change?

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); January 2015
144 pages; ISBN 9780374302030
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Title: Tuck Everlasting
Author: Natalie Babbitt
 
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