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King Solomon's Mines

by H. Rider Haggard

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1. Which character, from a movie or another story, reminds you of one of the major characters in King Solomon's Mines? Explain your choice.

2. Quatermain's expedition proceeds by following an ancient map said to have been drawn by a Portuguese man named Jose Silvestre. What happened to Silvestre, and what effect does his story have on the general plot of King Solomon's Mines?

3. What role does superstition play in this story? Pick an episode and explain how superstition determines an important development in the plot.

4. Both Twala and Gagool appear to be thoroughly evil characters, but how do they differ? Is one more evil than the other? Why?

5. Which of the episodes in the novel do you think is the most fantastic? Why?

6. What do you think this story would have been like if it had been told by a character other than Allan Quatermain? Pick a short episode and rewrite it from the point of view of one of the other characters.

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