Day 2

O Pioneers Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What does Alexandra mean when she says “We pay a high rent, too, though we pay differently”?

    In the big cities, rent is due in the form of cash to a landlord in exchange for space. On the Divide, beyond paying off mortgage debts, one never really "owns" the land unless one finds a way to tame it and make it livable. There are high costs to this: in sweat equity, in loneliness, in immobility, and more. It is a reminder that all people struggle differently, but all people struggle nonetheless.

  2. 2

    Between Carl and the Bergson siblings, which do you think is more truly “free”?

    This is one of the most important questions of the whole book. Both Carl and the...

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