MY MACARTHUR: A NOVEL

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  1. Were you familiar with General Douglas MacArthur’s life before reading this book? What was your impression of him before reading this novel? Compare it with your impression after you read the book.

  2. Have you heard of Isabel Rosario Cooper before you read this novel? What do you think of her as a literary character?

  3. Were you rooting for Team MacArthur or Team Isabel while reading this novel?

  4. What do you think was the single biggest obstacle to MacArthur and Isabel’s relationship? Was it their huge age difference? Their racial and cultural differences? Something else altogether?

  5. If MacArthur and Isabel were alive today, do you think their relationship would succeed? Why or why not?

  6. Do you consider Isabel’s relationship with MacArthur a #MeToo story? Why or why not?

  7. Do you consider Isabel’s character a feminist? Why or why not?

  8. Who gave and sacrificed more in their relationship, MacArthur or Isabel? Explain briefly.

  9. Do you think MacArthur was racist? If your answer is yes, then how do you explain his relationship with a Filipino woman?