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The Great Fire
by Hazzard, Shirley
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1. "The Great Fire" is set in the years after World War II. How do the events of these years affect what happens in the story?
2. During the war, Aldred Leith saved Peter Exley's life. How did this event change their relationship?
3. Did you think that Benedict and Helen had a typical sibling relationship? How did Benedict's illness affect their relationship?
4. Literature and art are prevalent throughout the book, and important touchstones for several of the characters. How are these themes balanced against the effects of the war the characters are living through?
5. How do the characters feel about the war, and its effects? Which characters did you agree with the most on these issues?
6. What is "The Great Fire" of the title of the book?
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