Study Questions

Study Questions

1.

Sarah, Jamie, Redmond, and Jack are each secretly waiting for something. What do they each wait for?

2.
What are Sarah’s reasons for withdrawing from her son? How does Redmond’s abuse cement her decision?

3.
How does the author show Redmond is more than his meanness?

4.
What role does nature play in the lives of Sarah and Jamie? How?

5.
What do we know about Appalachian mountain culture in 1952 by what the characters say and how the author paints the picture of their lives?

6.
How is socioeconomic class shown in the novel?

7.
Why won’t Sarah leave Redmond when he hits her? Why does she change her mind?

8.
What do we know about Jack from his actions?

9.
How does Jamie cope with his stepfather’s abuse? Does this change after he meets Jack? If yes, how?

10.
Sarah and Jamie redefine themselves. How?

11.
What is the significance of the hawk feather Jamie puts in his letter to Sarah?

12.
Both Jack and Sarah harbor a life defining regret. At the end of the book both find redemption. What regret do they each carry? How did each find redemption?

13.
Flight is a love story. How?

14.
Sarah contemplates the choices she’s made, how her life might’ve been different if she’d chosen differently. What life determining choices did she make? did each of the characters make? How might things have been different if they’d made a different choice?

15.
What contemporary issues are in the book?

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