One Book Charleston County: Divergent Discussion Questions
What purpose does each of the five factions serve in
society? What personality types are drawn toward each faction? Do you think
these factions represent every basic personality type and fulfill all the
basic needs of people? If not, what faction(s) would you create to fill in any
What was the reason behind the creation of the factions?
Do you think the factions are working "toward a better society and a
better world" (p. 44) as they say they are? What about the structure
seems to be working for Tris's society? What doesn't seem to be working at
What faction do you think you would have been born into,
given your family and its values? Which faction would you select at your
Choosing Ceremony? Why? How would you feel about making a decision that would
determine your life's course at the age of sixteen?
What choices have you made that have changed you? What
future choices will you also make, and how do you think that they will change
How does the idea of "faction before blood" come
into play throughout the book? Do you think this idea has a place in today's
society, or is it contrary to what most people believe? In our society, what
ideas and beliefs are people loyal to in the way Tris's society is loyal to
the concept of the factions?
Why is Tris's government run only by members of
Abnegation? Do you think this is a good idea? Do you agree with her father's
statement that "valuing knowledge above all else results in a lust for
power, and that leads men into dark and empty places" (p. 35)? Why or
What does it mean to be factionless in Tris's society? How
does a person become factionless?
Tris says about Candor, "It must require bravery to
be honest all the time" (p. 62). Do you agree? Which do you think is a
braver faction, Dauntless or Candor? Would you like to live in a society like
Candor, where everyone tells the truth no matter how hard it is to hear?
During initiation, is it selfish of Tris to crave victory,
or is it brave? Do Tris's friends have a right to be jealous when she's
ranked above them? If you were Tris, would you forgive them for their
How does initiation change and transform Tris? Do you
think she made the right faction choice? How do you think she might have
changed if she had chosen one of the other factions?
What is the difference between being fearless and learning
to control your fears? Do you believe anyone can be truly fearless? What does
Tris mean when she says that "half of bravery is perspective" (p.
Is Four's desire to be "brave, and selfless, and
smart, and kind, and honest" (p. 405) realistic in the society in which
he lives? Think of examples of people in our own world who successfully
bridge different cultures, perspectives, or ways of living.
Tris's mom says, "Human beings as a whole cannot be
good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again" (p.
441). Do you agree or disagree? Why?
At the beginning of the book, Tris does not understand
what it means to be Divergent. How do you think she would explain it by the
end of the book?