1. The first chapter of Sorbonne
Confidential tells how Alice Wunderland is forced to find a new profession
after losing her job in
3. The Sorbonne is an important character in the novel. Could this story have happened elsewhere? Elaborate.
5. Sorbonne Confidential is at times a very funny book. How does the author use humor to point out absurdities in the system? Do you think this approach works? Is the book a satire, a memoir, an expose or all three?
6. For the exam, Alice Wunderland studies several classics of British and American literature. How are these works leveraged to explore the themes of Sorbonne Confidential? Is this effort successful?
7. According to French government statistics, 90% of candidates sitting the agrégation exam for English teachers fail. Is this an efficient way to recruit educators? Why do you think so many people try?
9. The book ends with the explosion of
rioting in French ghettos in 2005. What could be the link between
10. Who was your favorite character in the book? Why? Who was your least favorite character?
11. Would you like a “job-for-life” of