Dead Man Walking
Study Questions & Essay Topics
1. How does Prejean’s portrayal of Patrick’s execution differ from her portrayal of Robert’s execution?
2. Discuss the role of faith in Prejean’s social activism.
3. What are some of the influences that have shaped Prejean’s moral philosophy?
Suggested Essay Topics
1. What is the author’s attitude toward Robert’s role in the murder of Faith Hathaway?
2. Why does Prejean stress the importance of individual responsibility?
3. Discuss the role of race in capital punishment.
4. Why does Prejean use the last chapter to focus on victims’ families?
5. How has the Supreme Court’s position on capital punishment changed since 1972?
6. What is your own opinion about capital punishment?
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