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Igraine the Brave
by Cornelia Funke
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1.What are the Sorrowful Knight’s rules of chivalry? Which one is most important, and why?
2.What is the most prized possession of Igraine’s family? Why do so many people try to steal the Singing Books of Magic?
3.Would you rather be a magician or a knight, and why?
4.Why do you think Igraine is so desperate for an adventure? Would you want to go on an adventure? Why or why not?
5.Who is Osmund the Greedy?
6.What happened to Sir Lamorak and the Fair Melisande? How?
7.What did Igraine get for her birthday? What would you most like as a birthday present?
8.Why did Igraine get to go off in search of the red giant’s hairs, while Albert had to stay behind at Pimpernel Castle?
9.How did Albert and Melisande convince the Singing Books of Magic to work with Albert, who had only passed level 3 of his magic exams?
10.How did Igraine get into the dungeon? How did she rescue Bertram?
11.What did Igraine have to do in order to break Albert’s sleeping spell, and why was it so difficult?
12.How did Igraine’s father tell her to find the giant Garleff? Why doesn’t Garleff usually help humans?
13.Why is the Sorrowful Knight so sad, and why did Garleff think it would be good for him to help Igraine?
14.What happened to the dragon’s third head? Why did Igraine and the Sorrowful Knight protect him from the One-Eyed Duke?
15.Describe the defenses of Pimpernel Castle.
16.Describe the secret entrance to Pimpernel Castle. How would you feel about climbing into a lion’s mouth?
17.What happened when Albert tried to conjure apples and rolls? Why do you think he can’t make anything edible besides dry biscuits and blue eggs?
18.What happens if you fall into the moat around Pimpernel Castle?
19.How has the Iron Hedgehog won all of his jousts, including three tilts with the Sorrowful Knight?
20.How did Igraine and Bertram sneak into Osmund’s camp to disable the spell on Rowan Heartless’ lance?
21.How come Igraine can swim in the moat without turning into a fish?
22.Why does the Sorrowful Knight refer to himself as a “knight without honor”? What is honor, and do you think the Sorrowful Knight is honorable? Why or why not?
23.How did the Sorrowful Knight finally rescue the three ladies who had been in his care before he became the Sorrowful Knight?
24.Who was the fourth falcon?
25.Do you think everyone in the story got what he or she deserved? Why or why not?
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