1. What is the
significance of the novel's title? Talk
about the imagery of flight. How is it
represented throughout the story?
2. How do the chapter titles relate both to
scientific concepts as well as the events
that unfold within each chapter itself?
3. Describe Dellarobia. How is she of this
mountain town in
and how is she different from it? How are
she and her family connected to the land
and to nature itself? How are they
disconnected? How does this shape their
viewpoints? How does she describe herself?
Do you agree with her self-assessment?
4. Talk about the characters names—Dellarobia,
, Cordelia, Dovey, Ovid Byron, Cub, Bear,
Hester. How does the author's choice of
nomenclature suit her characters? When you
first meet these characters, including
Pastor Bobby, what were your first
impressions? Were your notions about them
challenged as the story progressed?
5. Describe the small town in
where Dellarobia lives. What are the people
like? Are they familiar to you? What is
everyday life like for them? What are their
major joys and concerns? How you strike a
balance between protecting nature when your
livelihood depends upon its destruction?
6. Talk about Della's relationships with
the various people in her life: Cub,
Hester, Pastor Bobby, Dovey, Ovid Byron.
What do her experiences teach her about
herself and life?
7. How does Della react when she first sees
the Monarchs? What greater meaning do the
butterflies hold for her? How is she like
the butterflies? How does finding them
transform her life? Were the butterflies a
8. As news of her discovery spreads, what
are the reactions of her in-laws and her
neighbors? How do they view Della? What are
their impressions of the scientists and
tourists who descend upon their remote
9. What does Dellarobia think about her new
friends, and especially Ovid Byron? What
about the scientists—how do they view
people like Della, her family, and her
neighbors? Does either side see they other
10. Cub and his father, Bear, want to sell
the patch of forest where the Monarchs are
to a lumber company for clear-cutting. What
ramifications would this have, not only for
the butterflies but for Della's family and
her town? Why is it often difficult for
people see the long-term effects of their
immediate actions? Cub doesn't consider
conserving nature to be his problem. What
might you say to convince him otherwise?
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