The Body of Christopher Creed

by Carol Plum-Ucci
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Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 244

1. Compare the parenting styles of Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Creed. In what way do you think Mrs. Adams's parenting style effected Torey's development? In what way did Mrs. Creed's parenting style effect Chris's development?

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2. Do you think Torey would have been affected by the tragedy in the same way had he lived in a big city? What if he had grown up in the boons?

3. Why do you think Plum-Ucci titled her book The Body of Christopher Creed, even though Creed's body is never found?

4. Can you identify specific motifs Plum- Ucci may have used to help her build suspense?

5. What insights does Torey gain from his meeting with Isabella?

6. Do you think Bo effectively disguises his sensitive side, or do you think preconditioned stereotyping simply disallows the kids of Steepleton to recognize it?

7. Explain the similarities between what happens to Digger Haines, what happens to Torey, and what you believe might have happened to Christopher. Does anything in the novel lead you to have an opinion on what might have happened to Christopher?

8. What significance do you assign to Torey's preoccupation with the crucifixion and whether or not Christ died naked?

9. What purpose does Ali's brother Greg serve in the novel? What purpose does Leandra serve?

10. Torey reveals his insights about Leo, a kid he knows at boarding school that no one particularly likes. Compare these insights to what Torey knows about Christopher. What do these insights reveal about what Torey has learned?

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