Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Laura Ingalls Wilder shows that life on the frontier demanded stamina and courage in the face of harsh weather, hard work, and isolation. What do the Ingallses do to keep their spirits up?

How important was neighborliness to pioneer families? How was it defined?

Laura and Mary show different attitudes toward pioneer life. How does each girl’s personality equip her to succeed? Which one seems more likely to succeed? Why?

What attitudes toward American Indians are expressed by members of the Ingalls family?

Define a good citizen on the frontier. Are such qualities important today? Why?

Discuss the difficulty of acquiring an education in early frontier settlements.