Readers Guide for KILLING RAVEN by Margaret Coel
1. What does the raven symbolize? How does the
symbolism work in the novel?
2. Which character did you most identify with? Least
identify with? Why?
3. Discuss the way in which some characters are able
to empathize with other people, while others are unable to
do so. Do any characters learn to empathize? How are they
changed by the experience?
4. Discuss the different attitudes toward gambling
presented in the novel. How are the dangers of gambling
5. How would the book change if told from a different
point of view? How would events or motives be interpreted
by: Tommy? Lela? Tattoo-man? Leonard?
6. Discuss the various addictions (past and present)
of the characters.
7. How are Father John and Vicky flawed? Why do you
suppose the author creates flaws in her main characters?
8. How would you characterize Vickyís motivations in
this novel? Father Johnís?
9. How does the author slip in descriptions of the
Wind River Reservation?
10. Did the violence in this novel help or hinder
your reading of it? Why do you suppose the author included
11. What role do the Rangers play in the novel?
12. How does Vicky reconcile the two sides of
herself: traditional Arapaho and modern, educated woman?
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