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Discussion Questions / Readers' Guide for Masterpiece
1. Is it right for James to pretend he is creating the art instead of Marvin? If not, how should he explain the first drawing? If he told the truth, would it put Marvin in danger?
2. Marvin and James are both dishonest with their parents in this book. Think about some of the examples, and decide whether you think they are wrong for doing this. Are there times when it is better to lie than to tell the truth?
3. Money and reputation are important to Mrs. Pompaday. Does this make her a bad person? Is she a bad person for a different reason, or is she average in goodness? How do you know?
4. Denny says that sometimes people steal art for love, not for money. If someone steals art for love, does that make it okay?
5. Many characters in this book discuss their appreciation for different pieces or styles of art. What pieces of art are most precious to you? Why? (These might include paintings, drawings, sculptures, buildings, jewelry, fashion, or other types of art.)
6. Christina asks James which of the four virtues he thinks are most important. If you can only pick one, which do you think is most important?
7. Think about Marvin’s relationship with his family. Do you think it’s a good relationship? Marvin seems to think so, but do you?
8. Why do you think the author gave James two parents who are so different from each other? How does that help or hurt the story?
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