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The Dante Club
by Pearl, Matthew
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1. Which member of the Dante Club did you find most interesting?

2. The Dante Club takes place at the end of the Civil War. What impact does the aftermath of the War have on the characters?

3. Why do you think Matthew Pearl created the character of Nicholas Rey? What does he bring to the story?

4. Do you see parallels between the Dante Club and modern book clubs? What benefits or enjoyment did the Dante Club members get from coming together to discuss Dantes works?

5. Reading the works of Dante inspired a man to kill several people. Do you think reading violent or dark materials can encourage people this way? What about listening to music, seeing a movie, or a piece of art?

6. Have you ever read the works of Dante? Did reading The Dante Club make you want to read them?

Additional discussion questions from: Reading Group Guides
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