two doorways with an elegant woman standing in one and a large tiger head in the other

The Lady, or the Tiger?

by Francis Richard Stockton

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Discuss the concept of religious predestination versus free will as it relates to the roles of the king and the princess in "The Lady, or the Tiger?"

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In answer to queries about the ending of "The Lady, or the Tiger?," Stockton made the following comment: "If you decide which it was—the lady, or the tiger, you find out what kind of a person you are yourself." What do you think he meant by that?

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How can a kingdom be "semi-barbaric?" What sort of practices would you consider barbaric? Are there instances in which it is okay to be barbaric?

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Compare a short story by the American writer O. Henry, whose work is famous for trick endings, to "The Lady, or the Tiger?". Which story do you find more clever, and why?

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