Rendi asked Madame Chang why she wanted him to tell stories. She explains that people share things about themselves when they tell stories. Looking back at the stories Rendi told, what do they tell you about him? How did storytelling help Rendi learn abo
How does “The True Story of the Mountain That Moved” differ from Peiyi’s first version of the story?
When Rendi first told Madame Chang that he could hear the crying of the sky, she referred to his story about the jumping fish. She said, “You must understand in a way none of us do.” What does the toad want? Why does Rendi understand?
Madame Chang says, “Sometimes the best decision is a painful one, but it is never one made out of anger.” What does she mean by this? Do you think Madame Chang is right? Explain your answer.
How did Peiyi, Mr. Shan, Madame Chang, MeiLan, Widow Yan, and Mr. Chao work together to save Rendi? What did each person contribute, risk, or sacrifice to help Rendi?
How have the storytelling experiences, encouraged by Madame Chang, helped prepare Rendi for facing Fang and Liu?
When Rendi hears he is serving the Duke of Zhe, he is horrified. Why do you think he has this reaction? What could this mean?
The final riddle in “The Story of the Three Questions” is unsolved. How does Mr. Shan help solve this riddle? In what ways could the answer to this riddle change the lives of Master Chao and Widow Yan? How might it change Peiyi’s life?