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Princess Ben
by Catherine Murdock
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1.Did Ben seem young to you at the beginning of the story? Why was this? What changes was she forced to go through and what lessons did she learn? If her father had become king and Ben had not become Queen until she was much older, do you think she would have been as good a Queen as she became in the story?
2.Was Queen Sophia a monster? Do you think the queen cared about Ben? If not, why not? Did your opinion of Queen Sophia change throughout the story?
3.What did you think about the wizard room? Why was it created, and how did it work? Did you think someone was controlling it? Who do you think was the last person to use the room? Did Lord Frederick know about it? Why did the wizard room demand to be cleaned? Do you think Ben used the wizard room when she became queen?
4.Why was Ben always so hungry? Was her overweight problem caused by over-eating or body type or both? Why did Queen Sophia think that it was very important for her to lose weight? How important was being thin in Ben's world? How important is it in our world?
5.Why did the Montagne people and the Drachenbett people hate each other? How easy is it to hate other groups of people? If you live with other peoples and get to know them, is it easier to understand them--and harder to hate them? Did this happen to Ben when she stayed with the Drachenbett soldiers?
6.Do you think it would be difficult to be a member of a royal family? What would your life be like? What would you miss the most? What did Ben miss most and/or hate most? What are the responsibilities of royalty? Is it really "hard work," as Ben said?
7.Did you enjoy the fairy tale references throughout the book? How many did you find? There were at least five -- can you name them?
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