The Accidental Suffragist

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The Accidental Suffragist ?

Reading this selection in your book club, or planning to? Here are some discussion questions about The Accidental Suffragist to get you going…

  1. Helen’s situation was accidental, she didn’t plan her course. Do you think she would have made the same choices if the accident has never happened?

  2. Would things have turned out differently for Helen had she been of a different class?

  3. Do you think Albert was the typical male figure in the 1910s? How did this impact Helen’s decisions and actions?

  4. Why didn’t Helen enlist right away?

  5. How did labor unions impact the movement?

  6. What impact did the parade of 1913 have on the suffragist movement? On Helen?

  7. Did WWI impact the suffragist movement? How would the outcome have been different if the war had not occurred?

  8. We see Helen's family role begin to change as she becomes more involved with the suffragist movement. How does this affect her relationship with her husband?

  9. How did it impact Helen when she thought she was pregnant? If she had been pregnant, do you think this would have changed her involvement in the movement?

  10. As Helen becomes more involved in the movement she begins to feel outcast from her family, her neighborhood, and even by some of the women involved in the movement. Why do you think she keeps going? What is her motivation to stay strong and fight for change?

  11. Which character do you like the most and why? The least and why?

  12. Are there situations and/or characters you can identify with, if so, how?

  13. Did you learn something about the women's suffragists movement that you didn’t know before?

  14. What major emotion did the story evoke in you as a reader?

  15. What themes or threads did you find in the book? Which resonated with you?

  16. What scene resonated most with you personally in either a positive or negative way? Why?

  17. What surprised you the most about the book?

  18. Do you think the setting affected the storyline and cast of characters?

  19. What is motivating the actions of the main character in the story?

  20. Would you have acted differently than the main character?

  21. How do you think Helen views herself?

  22. How did the “roles” of the various characters influence their interactions? 

  23. Were there any moments where you disagreed with the choices of any of the characters? What would you have done differently?

  24. What past influences are shaping the actions of the characters in the story?

  25. How has Helen's character changed by the end of the book?

  26. Have any of YOUR views or thoughts changed after reading this book?

  27. Are there any books that you would compare this one to? Why?

  28. What do you think will happen next to the main characters?

  29. How do you think this book relates to today's current events?

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