Spell for Success
Go beyond the who, what, and where of literary analysis with our higher-order, Common Core-aligned literature questions. Develop your close-reading skills and investigate how authors build meaning, create suspense, and develop their plots.
Redefine your understanding of "government control" with questions on surveillance, censorship, fear, and compliance.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Delve into themes of gender, class, and supernatural intervention with this charming play.
A Raisin in the Sun
Explore themes of race, poverty, and identity in this award-winning play.
A Streetcar Named Desire
Explore questions of gender, class, dramatic conventions, and social context in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Review themes of equality, class struggle, and the power of the state.
Consider whether the sins of the fathers are visited on their children, and delve into ideas of fate and authority in this classic play.
As You Like It
Explore ideas of courtly love, gender roles, and fraught family relationships in this comedy.
Explore questions of language use, gender roles, and narrative structure in this epic poem.
Brave New World
Question the role of the government, the nature of what is "natural," and the possibility of our future.
Catcher in the Rye
Explore what it means to grow up in the classic bildungsroman that spawned an entire genre.
Delve into the macabre and answer questions about Gothic convention and symbolism with the vampire tale that started it all.
Explore the meaning and importance of literacy with questions on dystopian conventions and the upper bounds of human endurance
Delve into questions of morality, Gothic conventions, and what it really means to be human with this classic novel.
Analyze the Prince of Denmark's coming-of-age journey with high-level questions on motivation, language, and narrative structure.
Heart of Darkness
Journey into the darkness by exploring themes of imperialism, savagery, and civilization.
Review the conventions of the Gothic and the roles of gender and class in the Victorian era.
Question the nature of power and betrayal with high-level questions on language use, dramatic structure, and historical context.
Review themes of madness, familial obligation, gender, and inheritance with these high-level questions.
Lord of the Flies
Explore the end of civilization with questions on evil, innocence, savagery, Christian allegory, and Freudian theory.
Explore questions of ambition, gender, literary theory, and dramatic convention.
Review a young boy's account of a harrowing Holocaust experience with questions on characterization, structure, and themes.
Of Mice and Men
Explore questions of love and sacrifice in this novella about two migrant workers bound forever by a terrible choice.
Review a tragic tale of love, jealousy, and deception with questions on character and theme.
Pride and Prejudice
Test your knowledge of gender and class in the Regency era with questions on character motivation and family structure.
Explore ideas of transformation, identity, gender roles, and social stratification in this classic of British literature.
Romeo and Juliet
Review timeless themes of love and anguish with questions on character motivation and figurative language.
Snow Falling on Cedars
Discover why this breathtaking novel — written by a teacher in the early mornings before school — became an immediate, if controversial, PEN/Faulkner-award- winning bestseller.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Review themes of race, duty, and the status quo with these analytical questions.
Explore themes of femininity, societal roles, and marriage in this proto-feminist tale of an emergent self.
Consider themes of betrayal, gender, hysteria, and class differences that devastated a seemingly placid Puritan community.
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The earliest surviving work of literature, this epic draws on the deeply human themes of intimacy, mortality, rebirth, and transformation.
The God of Small Things
Delve into themes of love, identity, and family in this Booker-Prize winning novel.
The Great Gatsby
Explore themes of class, gender, and identity with high-level questions on character and reinvention.
The Hunger Games
Explore themes of youth culture, militarism, and revolution in this beautifully-rendered alternate universe.
The Kite Runner
Consider the impact of the past and the importance of loyalty, country, and culture with this modern classic.
Explore themes of selfhood and sacrifice with questions on allegory and Other-ness.
Explore themes of fatherhood, journeying, heroism, duty, and the relationship to the divine in this epic poem.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde's heavily censored only novel presents a picture of Victorian society that is both decadent and bleak, inviting the reader to consider the relationship of art, beauty, corruption, and the soul.
The Remains of the Day
Explore themes of loyalty, class, sacrifice, and deception in this quiet masterpiece.
The Scarlet Letter
Review themes of religion, sin, duty, and gender with in-depth text-analysis questions.
Review themes of social condemnation and emotional stunting with high-level questions on existentialism and narrative structure.
The Sun Also Rises
Explore questions of masculinity, define The Lost Generation, and understand Hemingway's unique condensed style.
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Explore themes of gender, race, and class with questions on Hurston's lyrical language and depictions of the emergent self.
Things Fall Apart
Delve into themes of postcolonialism, identity, and political fracture with the definitive English-language African novel.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Review the classic, poignant coming-of-age story that captivated millions with its stirring exploration of race and class.
Review questions that will help reveal the simple truths of Thoreau's beautifully described work, Walden.