The Moon in the Palace
by Weina Dai Randel
Discussion Questions:
1. How much do you know about the palace women in ancient China before you read this novel? In what ways do you think the palace women in China were similar to those in Europe? In what ways they were different?

2. The novel opens with the monkís prediction of Meiís destiny. What do you think of Meiís and Meiís fatherís reaction to the prediction? How would you define the concept of destiny?

3. Discuss the theme of deception. How does the Emperor deceive the kingdom? How does Jewel deceive the Emperor and the other women? How will you relate this to Sun Tzuís comment that ďAll warfare is based on the deception,Ē which Mei was instructed to learn?

4. Discuss the many facades of love in the novel, and how it manifests itself in the following characters: Mei, Pheasant, Jewel, Emperor Taizong, Taizi, and the Noble Lady.

(Discussion Questions by Author)
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