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The Good Daughters
by Maynard, Joyce
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1. Discuss the "birthday sisters" Dana and Ruth. What is each like? What kind of households are they raised in? Each represents an opposing side of nature: one is scientific and practical, the other an artist and dreamer. How do their opposite personalities affect who they are and how they make their way in the world?

2. Both girls share a special relationship with Edwin Plank. In what ways are they similar in the eyes of this kind man one girl calls father and the other calls friend? What life lessons did they learn from him?

3. Why didnt the adults correct the mistake that changed everyones lives? Why didnt they tell the girls? How might events have been different if the girls had known what had happened? How did the girls unawareness of the truth affect how they saw each other through childhood and beyond? Were the girls cheated in any way?

4. What made Danas brother, Ray, so attractive to Ruth? Was not telling Ruth the truth sooner cruel?

5. After her breakup with Ray, Ruth forgave her father but not her mother. Why? What made her eventually forgive Connie?

6. Why didnt Ruth call Dana immediately when she discovered the truth about the past? Why didnt Dana tell Ruth after shed figured it out? How did the truth set them free to be themselves?

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