Thursday, February 10, 2011

King Arthur and His Knights

The characters are legendary: King Arthur, Lady Guinevere, the wizard Merlin, the sorceress Morgan le Fay, the Knights of the Round Table. Their stories are rich in magic and intrigue.

In one adventure, Arthur will lose his life unless he can discover the answer to this riddle: What do women most desire? Arthur asks many people and receives many different answers. Some say that women chiefly desire wealth. Some say beauty. Some say the power to please others. Feeling that none of the answers is right, Arthur searches on. But time is running out. Follow along as we join King Arthur and his Knights on their adventures.

Reading Assignments:

February 10 – Read Chapters 1-6

February 17 – Read Chapters 7-10

February 24 – Read Chapters 11-15

March 3 – Read Chapters 16-19

March 10 – Read Chapters 20-25

March 24 – Book Completion Activity

Discussion Questions:

1. King Arthur and His Knights is, in part, a story about how a young king learns to become a successful ruler. How does Arthur become a successful ruler? What does this suggest about how leaders can effectively govern in our own time?

2. In the book, magic can be used for both good and evil. When is it used for good? When is it used for evil? Are there any occasions where magic does not have the effects intended? Explain.

3. Why is the Round Table important in the story? What does it represent to King Arthur and his knights?

4. Maintaining one’s self-control was as important in the world of King Arthur as it is today. Which characters in King Arthur lose self-control? How? What are the consequences of their loss of self-control?