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The House of the Scorpion
by Farmer, Nancy
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1. How did Matt change from the beginning of the story to the end? What do you think caused that change?

2. Why is Matt's musical ability so important?

3. The eejits have been programmed by a computer to do exactly as they're told and to be extremely productive. The Keepers train the Lost Boys to work hard and to avoid too much thinking. How were the eejits and the lost boys similar to and different from one another?

4. Do you think Maria will be able to forget that Matt is a clone? What you think their relationship will be like in the future?

5. The House of the Scorpion is divided into five parts: Youth, Middle Age, Old Age, Age 14, and La Vida Nueva. Why do you think Nancy Farmer choose these section titles? What do they mean to Matt?

6. Would you like to be cloned? What would you use a clone for?

7. Some book reviewers felt that the ending of the story was too quick and that all of the problems were solved too easily right at the end. Do you agree or disagree with that? Why?

8. The simple fact that Matt was a clone made a huge difference in the way he was treated. Why? Was this realistic? How do you think you might react if you found out someone you knew was a clone?

9. Were you surprised that El Patron poisoned everyone on his estate? Why do you think he did it?

10. Matt promised Maria's mother that he would free the eejits. Do you think Matt will be able to do this? Why or why not?

Additional discussion questions from: Multnomah County's Discussion Guide
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