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The Reader's Den: Discussion Questions for "Passing"

I hope you have been enjoying Passing by Nella Larsen.

Please share your thoughts about the novel or the author and take a moment to discuss any of the questions posted below.

  • How do Irene’s views on race differ from Clare’s?
  • What are Irene’s feelings for Clare?
  • What themes does the novel address beyond the issue of “passing”?
  • How does Larsen give substance to the setting and time period?
  • Do you think Clare’s fall was an accident?

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The discussion at the Reader's Den is always ongoing, so please share your thoughts at any time!



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