Author: Kirk Olson

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Books will be available for pickup at the start of August. 
This book will focus on three key topics including: 

  • Plot overview
  • Character Analysis
  • Important Quotation Analysis

Quote to be Analyzed: 

“He must go,” cried Gregor’s sister, “that’s the only solution, Father. You must just try to get rid of the idea that this is Gregor. The fact that we’ve believed it for so long is the root of all our trouble.” 

Franz Kafka – The Metamorphosis

 Questions to answer as you read through:

  1. What does Gregor Samsa do for a living?
  2. Where does all of the action of the story take place?
  3. What kind of creature has Gregor become?
  4. What does the picture on Gregor’s wall depict?
  5. Why has Gregor stayed in his job?
  6. What does the office manager accuse Gregor of?
  7. Why does it take Gregor so long to answer the door when the office manager arrives?
  8. How does the office manager react when he sees Gregor?
  9. How does Gregor react to the milk and bread in his rooom?
  10. Where does Gregor feel most comfortable?
  11. How does the mother react when she sees Gregor?
  12. Who is Gregor’s primary caretaker?
  13. What was Gregor’s dream for Grete?
  14. How does Gregor feel when he learns that the family will need to work?
  15. What does Gregor do to spare Grete’s feelings when she is in his room?
  16. Why does Grete want to remove Gregor’s furniture from his room?
  17. What does Gregor try to prevent from being taken from his room?
  18. Why doesn’t Grete want others to help her take care of Gregor?
  19. How does the father react when he thinks Gregor attacked the mother?
  20. What serious injury does Gregor sustain?
  21. Who takes care of Gregor when Grete begins to lose interest?
  22. What small concession does the family make to Gregor after the father injures him?
  23. How does Gregor react when he hears Grete’s violin?
  24. How does Gregor die?
  25. How does the family feel after Gregor dies?


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Books will be available for pickup at the start of June. 
This book will focus on three key topics including: 

  • Plot overview
  • Character Analysis
  • Important Quotation Analysis

Quote to be Analyzed: 

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.

Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird

Questions to answer as you read through:

  1. What is Scout’s real name?
  2. What is the verdict in the Tom Robinson case?
  3. Whose house burns down?
  4. Who is the editor of the local newspaper?
  5. Who insists that Bob Ewell’s death is an accident?
  6. What is Boo’s real name?
  7. What does Scout first find in the knot-hole?
  8. What does Dill find in Dolphus Raymond’s bottle?
  9. Why does Atticus admire Mrs. Dubose?
  10. Who founded Finch’s Landing?
  11. How did Miss Caroline learn her educational techniques?
  12. Who is the president of the United States at the time that the events of the story occur?
  13. Who tells Jem that it is a sin to kill mockingbirds?
  14. Where does Dill live during the school year?
  15. On what writer did Harper Lee base Dill?
  16. Who tucks Scout in at the end of the novel?
  17. Who beat Mayella Ewell?
  18. Whose actions lead Mr. Cunningham to disperse the lynch mob?
  19. How old is Jem when the action of the novel starts?
  20. What are Jem and Scout shocked to discover about Atticus?
  21. Who takes the children to the black church?
  22. Where does Boo leave presents for Scout and Jem?
  23. Who mends Jem’s pants?
  24. Who runs away from home?
  25. For what does Uncle Jack reprimand Scout on Christmas Eve?


Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Books will be available for pickup at the start of April. 
This book will focus on three key topics including: 

  • Plot overview
  • Character Analysis
  • Important Quotation Analysis

Quote to be Analyzed: 

John Galt is Prometheus who changed his mind. After centuries of being torn by vultures in payment for having brought to men the fire of the gods, he broke his chains—and he withdrew his fire—until the day when men withdraw their vultures.

Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged

Questions to answer as you read through:

  1. What kind of company does Dagny Taggart run?
  2. What does the rhetorical question “Who is John Galt?” express?
  3. What does Hank Rearden invent?
  4. Who is the most powerful man in Washington?
  5. Why did Lillian marry Hank Rearden?
  6. Why do Dagny and Rearden drive to the Twentieth Century Motor Company?
  7. How does Dagny find a good engineer to reconstruct the static engine?
  8. Why does Dagny become Galt’s maid in the valley?
  9. How does Rearden know Dagny has fallen in love with another man?
  10. What is the intent of Directive 10-289?
  11. According to Francisco, what has replaced the Aristocracy of Money?
  12. Why did Francisco remain as head of d’Anconia Copper?
  13. Why is Eddie Willers troubled to see Rearden’s robe in Dagny’s apartment?
  14. What formula does Ragnar Danneskjold use to determine how much to deposit in his accounts for the victimized industrialists?
  15. Why is the John Galt Line closed down?
  16. What job has John Galt been doing all along?
  17. Which ships does Ragnar Danneskjold sink?
  18. Why did Richard Halley quit?
  19. What is the Wet Nurse’s real name?
  20. Who is John Galt?
  21. How does Mr. Thompson find John Galt?
  22. How does the Ferris Persuader work?
  23. What does Jim Taggart finally realize he is motivated by?
  24. Which of Halley’s concertos is played throughout the strikers’ valley?
  25. Why does John Galt address the nation on the radio?

1984 by George Orwell

Books will be available for pickup at the start of February. 
This book will focus on three key topics including: 

  • Plot overview
  • Character Analysis
  • Important Quotation Analysis

Quote to be Analyzed: 


war is peace 
freedom is slavery 
ignorance is strength  

George Orwell 1984

 Questions to answer as you read through:

  1. How old is Julia?
  2. Winston commits thoughtcrime by writing which of the following in his diary?
  3. What piece of evidence of the Party’s dishonesty does Winston remember having coming across several years earlier?
  4. What organization urges children to turn their parents over to the authorities?
  5. The psychological principle that allows an individual to believe contradictory ideas at the same time is called what?
  6. Who really wrote the manifesto that O’Brien gives to Winston?
  7. What does O’Brien use to torture Winston in Room 101?
  8. Where do Winston and Julia make love for the first time?
  9. What is the last line of the St. Clement’s Church song?
  10. What does Winston trace in the dust on the table at the end of the novel?
  11. How many times does Julia claim to have had sex with Party members?
  12. Which of the following characters is secretly a member of the Thought Police?
  13. What happens to the glass paperweight?
  14. Where is the telescreen hidden in the room above Mr. Charrington’s shop?
  15. What is the name for the mass rally held every day?
  16. Besides Oceania, what are the two countries that make up the rest of the Earth?
  17. What project is Syme working on at the beginning of the novel?
  18. Who turns Parsons in to the Thought Police?
  19. What does O’Brien say when Winston asks if he has been captured?
  20. To what organization does Julia belong?
  21. Winston has a memory of running away from his mother and sister and stealing what from them?
  22. The setting for Winston’s fantasy about Julia running toward him naked is
  23. In what nation did Orwell work for the British Imperial Police?
  24. In what nation was Orwell born?
  25. What was George Orwell’s real name?

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Books will be available for pickup from December 18 Through January 15 at Eastbrook church. 
This book will focus on three key topics including: 

  • Plot overview
  • Character Analysis
  • Important Quotation Analysis

Quote to be Analyzed: 

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he would have to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle. “That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” he observed. “It’s the best there is,” Doc Daneeka agreed.

Joseph Helller – Catch 22

Questions to answer as you read through: 

  1. What is the name of the nurse with whom Yossarian sleeps?
  2. What happens on the mission for which Yossarian receives a medal?
  3. What is the name of the dead man in Yossarian’s tent?
  4. To which country does Yossarian decide to desert?
  5. For what publication was Hungry Joe a photographer before the war?
  6. From which publication does Colonel Cathart get the idea of praying before missions?
  7. What did Major Major Major Major’s mother intend to name him?
  8. When Major Major gets bored of signing Washington Irving’s name, what other name does he use?
  9. Which member of the squadron is an expert at Ping-Pong?
  10. What is the name of the man who hides out in the woods because he is afraid of having his throat cut?
  11. Which city does the squadron bomb when Yossarian refuses to participate?
  12. Why will Luciana and Yossarian not get married?
  13. Which of the following does Yossarian see as he wanders through Rome?
  14. What is Kid Sampson doing when he gets sliced in half?
  15. How many people parachute to safety before McWatt crashes his plane into a mountain?
  16. Where did Doc Daneeka practice medicine before being drafted?
  17. Who does Yossarian pretend to be in the hospital?
  18. Which holiday does Yossarian spend in the hospital?
  19. What do Yossarian’s new roommates do with the dead man’s things?
  20. What does the Texan argue that “decent folk” should receive?
  21. What improvement does Orr make to Yossarian’s tent just before he disappears?
  22. Why won’t Aarfy pay for any prostitutes?
  23. Which of Yossarian’s friends is still alive at the end of Catch-22?
  24. Where does the chaplain live?
  25. How does Hungry Joe die?