1. Why is Oskar’s grandma writing a letter to him?

2. Many scholars consider Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to be a bildungsroman, or a coming of age novel. How does Oskar mature and change through the novel? Do you agree that the novel is a bildungsroman?

3. Throughout Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Foer uses images and creative formatting to tell the story. Why is the visual appearance of the pages so important in this novel? What effects does this technique have?

4.Was Oskar’s search for the lock meaningless? If he didn’t find any information about his father, what did he get out of it?

5. What is the relationship between the past and the present in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

6. Grandma sometimes compares Oskar to his grandpa. Is this an accurate comparison?