- What would you sacrifice for your family? Did Toy do the right thing? Did Sam?
- What purpose did Swan and Uncle Toy have to each other and to the other characters in the story?
- In what ways does The Homecoming of Samuel Lake remind you of other Southern Gothic style literature? Give examples.
- How does the character Swan Lake compare to Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird? How does Atticus Finch compare to Samuel Lake?
- Compare the characters of Willadee and Bernice. How were they different? How were they similar?
- What role does the church play in the development of the story? Why does Swan wish that her father was anything but a preacher?
- Explore the difference between the Moses' Truth and the Honest Truth. Both present their own challenges. Discuss how in the end the Honest Truth supports the Moses Truth.
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