15 book club questions for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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Now, keep in mind that these are 15 book club questions everyone can answer, but if you want some extra help, we have the answered guide available in our Ko-Fi SubscriptionWe encourage you to review the full essay for a better understanding of the novel.

Technical Questions

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  1. What is the meaning of the desert in the novel?
  2. What is the meaning of the rain in the novel?
  3. Based on the previous question, what do they mean together?
  4. What is the meaning of running naked during a rainstorm in the desert for Ari and Dante?
  5. What does Dante’s hate for shoes mean?
  6. Ari says “sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of the nowhere”, so what is the meaning of the storm in the novel?
  7. Because he is living a life his parents want him to live. he is not living his truth nor life just yet)

Discussion Questions

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  1. “My life is someone else’s idea”. From this quote, what does Aristotle mean? Whose life is he living?
  2. Ari says that he had spent all this time trying to discover the secrets of the universe, of his own body and heart. What does it mean?
  3. Ari dreams that he runs over Dante with his car when he is looking at a girl. What is the meaning of the dream?
  4. What is the meaning of the envelope where Ari’s brother’s information is? Why is that ripping it open will ripped him open too?

Gender study / Queer questions

  1. There is a phrase: “Not talking makes you lonely”. Who could have said it? And is that a trait of toxic masculinity? Why?
  2. Why is silence so important and powerful in the novel? Are those traits of masculinity? 
  3. What is to be gay and not fit with other men? Why do gay people do not feel comfortable or do not fit in with straight men?
  4. Based on the quote “Keep it inside” referring to their struggles and emotions. What is it about man and feelings or emotions? 

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