1. How is the role of women in society portrayed in the novel? What significance, if any, do you think it has on the novel that George Eliot is a woman who took on a male pseudonym?

2. Why is it important that Dinah Morris and Seth Bede are Methodists? Is Adam Bede a religious novel?

3. Is Captain Donnithorne responsible for Hetty’s plight? Is he a bad man?

4. Why is Dinah the only person able to get through to Hetty while she is in jail?

5. Why is Adam so devastated by Hetty’s crime and incarceration? What does the reaction of the different characters to the news about Hetty say about them?