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QUESTIONS

1. Why is George F. Babbitt not satisfied with his family and life?
2. George F. Babbitt is both a type and an individual. Explain.
3. In what way can Babbitt be called a satire?
4. How would you describe Babbitt as a businessman?
5. How does Babbitt establish his reputation as an orator?
6. Why does Babbitt feel dissatisfied, even after achieving fame
and wealth?

7. How similar or different are Paul and Babbitt? What keeps them
together?

8. How does Babbitt improve his relationship with Ted?
9. Why does Paul shoot Zilla? How does he suffer for it?
10. What is the consequence of Paul's imprisonment on Babbitt's
life?


11. How does Tanis Judique enter Babbitt's life and how does the
relationship develop?

12. What are Babbitt's views on the labor class? Why do his views
shock his friends?

13. Why is Babbitt isolated from his friends and family?
14. Why does Babbitt refuse to become the member of the Good
Citizen's League at first?

15. Why does Babbitt break his relationship with Tanis?
16. How does Myra's illness help Babbitt to cement his bond with
her?

17. Why does Babbitt finally become member of the Good
Citizen's League?

18. Do you think Babbitt has learned anything in the course of the
novel? Has he changed?

19. Would you characterize Babbitt as a comedy? A tragedy? Why
or why not?

20. In what ways is George Babbitt an anti-hero?

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