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Biography Questions
  • Read the following questions 1 to 12 below,
  • Which ones work with your person? Pick 3-4 questions you wish to research.
  • Copy and paste your questions into your word processing file or your Inspiration diagram.
  • List 3 important facts for each each of your questions.
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  1. In what ways was the life interesting?
  2. In what ways would you criticize this life?
  3. In what ways was the life good?
  4. What things shaped the way this person lived and influenced his or her times?
  5. Which was the worst trait?
  6. Which was the best trait?
  7. Did this person make any major mistakes or bad decisions? If so, what were they and how would you have chosen and acted differently if you were in their shoes?
  8. What are the two or three most important lessons you or any other young person might learn from the way this person lived?
  9. Some people say you can judge a person by her or his enemies. Do you think this is true of your person's life? Explain why or why not.
  10. An older person or teacher is often very important in shaping the lives of gifted people by providing guidance and encouragement. Did this person have a teacher? Explain.
  11. Many people act out of a "code" or a set of beliefs which influence their choices. It may be religion or politics or a personal philosophy. Did your person have a code? Were there times when the code was challenged and impossible to follow?
  12. What do you think it means to be a hero? Was your person a "hero?" Why? Why not? How is a hero different from a celebrity?