The Hunger Games
Study Questions & Essay Topics
1. What role does debt play in the novel?
2. Does Katniss truly begin wanting a relationship with Peeta, or is she playing a role to gain a strategic advantage? Explain.
3. Why does the author spend so much time focusing on the dresses Cinna creates for Katniss?
Suggested Essay Topics
1. Is Haymitch a good mentor to Katniss and Peeta? Explain.
2. In what ways does Katniss’s hunting experience prepare her for the Games, and in what ways does it fail to prepare her?
3. How does Katniss’s role in her family affect her behavior in the Games?
4. What is Katniss’s greatest strength in the Games, and what is her greatest weakness?
5. Science fiction often uses a futuristic setting to comment on the present day. What does The Hunger Games suggest about the present-day United States?