Good discussion questions for "Tuck Everlasting" address how Winnie interacts with Tuck, her family, Mae and the toad and what motivates her behavior. Effective discussion questions focus on reading comprehension, higher-level understanding of literary devices and on readers' personal responses to "Tuck Everlasting."
Some discussion questions to gauge reader comprehension of "Tuck Everlasting" focus on why Winnie acts the way she does in certain situations. Examples of good questions include "Why was Winnie lonely at the beginning of the story?" and "Why do you think Jesse doesn't want Winnie to drink from the spring?" Other discussion questions explore Winnie's reaction to Mae's music box, being kidnapped and the man in the yellow suit.
Another good question for discussion addresses what Winnie decides to do with the water. Good guiding questions include "Why did Winnie choose not to drink the water?" and "Why did she give it to the toad?" Another interesting topic for discussion revolves around Jesse's reaction to Winnie's decision.
Higher-level discussion questions examine why the Tucks' lives are not happy. Readers can discuss why Jesse compares the Tucks to rocks on the side of a road, what causes Winnie's homesickness and why Winnie must keep the Tucks' secret. Another good discussion question revolves around the pond and its significance as a metaphor for life.