The Handmaid’s Tale                                Scored Discussion Questions 

Name________________ Period_____ 

1. Analyze and discuss the symbols in the story and their relation to power and position. 
 
 
2. Analyze the historical basis for the establishment of the Red Center. 
 
 
3. Analyze how propaganda and politics of the 20th century, specifically focusing on women’s rights, affected the 
creation of Gilead.  
 
 
 
4. Analyze how Atwood creates a new vocabulary for the Republic of Gilead that is used primarily to strengthen its 
totalitarian order. 
 
 
 
 
5. Analyze the role of the Aunts and of Serena Joy in the novel.  What is their purpose in the lives of the other women, 
and how does this make them fit into the hierarchy of Gilead? 
 
 
6. Analyze the roles of Janine and Moria. What is the purpose of these characters in the novel and the larger message? 
 
 
7. Evaluate and analyze the creation of Gilead. What conditions were necessary in society to create this alternate 
reality? 
 
 
8. Evaluate and analyze Atwood’s purpose in creating this novel. Is it ultimately a feminist work of literature, or does it 
offer a critique of feminism? 
 

1. Classmates arguments 2. 3. Your arguments 2. Your Evidence 2. 1. 3.Today's topic Your Position 1. 3 Classmates evidence One important question: To be completed during the discussion Your Preparation grade: Your Participation grade .

____________________ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 3. Students' Names Positive Behaviors 1 2 3 4 5 6 1. ____________________ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 2. Students' Names Negative Behaviors 1 2 3 4 5 6 1. ____________________ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ . ____________________ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Legend for Negative Behaviors 1 = Making an irrelevant comment (-1) 4 = Monopolizing conversation (-1) 2 = Distracting or interrupting others (-1) 5 = Refusing to speak when addressed (-1) 3 = Engaging in a personal attack (-1) 6 = Not paying attention (-1) Place a mark in the appropriate column each time the corresponding negative behavior is shown.Your name_________________________ Rubric for Scored Discussion Legend for Positive Behaviors 1 = Making a relevant comment (+1) 4 = Drawing a classmate into the discussion (+1) 2 = Presenting factual information (+1) 5 = Asking a clarifying question (+1) 3 = Taking a stand on an issue (+1) 6 = Demonstrating critical thinking (+2) Place a mark in the appropriate column each time the corresponding positive behavior is shown. ____________________ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 3. ____________________ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 2.

Drawing a classmate into the discussion (+1) = ____ 5.Summative Scoring Sheet for Each Student Student's Name you are scoring: __________________ Discussion Number: ______ The number of points earned for each of the following behaviors appears below. Refusing to speak when addressed (-1) = ____ 6. Monopolizing conversation (-1) = ____ 5. Asking a clarifying question (+1) = ____ 6. Making an irrelevant comment (-1) = ____ 2. Making a relevant comment (+1) = ____ 2. Engaging in a personal attack (-1) = ____ 4. Not paying attention (-1) = ____ Negative Point Total = ____ Overall Point Total = ____ Comments: ______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________  ________________________________________________________________________  ________________________________________________________________________  ________________________________________________________________________  ________________________________________________________________________  . Positive Behaviors 1. Taking a stand on an issue (+1) = ____ 4. Presenting factual information (+1) = ____ 3. Demonstrating critical thinking (+2) = ____ Positive Point Total = ____ Negative Behaviors 1. Distracting or interrupting others (-1) = ____ 3.