Divergent Book Discussion (2)

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

 Hey, people from Earth and other people who are not from here, for the next 13 weeks we will be giving you the awesomeness that is DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth.  Be sure to show up, because we are giving away some great goodies, check it out HERE. Just a side note, I will be asking two questions after each discussion post.  Be sure to follow the discussion and don’t be scared to join in on our discussion/ questions. Those who entered the contest will receive extra entries for answering a question.  Every week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we will discuss three chapters per week: tell you about the plot, and other random bits of spicy goodness that you should definitely know about (all relating to Divergent).    Just for your curiosity: helping me out with this discussion is Jackie, one of my best friends (please say hello to her).  Basically these posts will be categorized by person and at the end, we intend to both discuss together.  Jackie hasn't read the book so be sure to read her first impressions and if you have read Divergent, be sure to read my input (this will be the my second read through).  If you missed a post and want to check out the schedule, go HERE.  Come and join us in our quest of discussing DIVERGENT.


The aptitude test will see what faction you will most fit into.  Candor, Amity, Dauntless, Abnegation, and Erudite.  Beatrice goes through the test that will determine her future.

Today's Topics:
Inside the Test and Significance of Mirrors

I think it sucks that the kids taking the test don’t know anything more about it than that they get sorted into factions. I would kind of want to know more about it, or at least be able to ask someone else (like her brother) how they did on the test. But whatever. When Beatrice didn’t use the knife or food, I thought that was kind of brave, so an attribute of Dauntless? But, when it came to the test with the guy asking Beatrice if she knew someone (and she proceeded to lie) I knew she definitely wasn’t Candor and NOT Abnegation. I mean seriously, she was being selfish for not helping the guy out, and she comes from freaking Abnegation faction, WHAT A BRAT! She is so not getting into Abnegation. 

When Beatrice was in the testing room and surrounded by mirrors, was that a test to see if she was supposed to be Abnegation? Because as Abnegation, they aren’t supposed to look into mirrors, so was this whole testing center (with lots of mirrors) designed as an additional test to see who would truly pass for Abnegation? Do the mirrors also serve as a foreshadowing of the test to come? Because mirrors can be seen as a gateway to another universe and the test makes the participator transport to another world. …Or am I thinking way too much into this? Maybe I am…oh well!

I love the test!  It is filled with random things and I think the first time I read this book, I couldn't believe how random the entire test was.  You have to choose between cheese and a knife.  At the time, it didn't make sense at all.  However, now I understand.  I love that Beatrice was so stubborn as to not reach for any of the choices.  (Oh, and I think this is the first time you get to hear her name.  It shows how selfless she has been, supposedly, up til this point.)  Why was the food cheese?  I know most dogs will eat anything but why cheese?  Why can't it have been dog food or a bone?  Picking the knife up would have probably shown Dauntless, whereas the cheese would be almost everyone else (since I think Beatrice was being too stubborn.  I think most people actually choose one or the other).  Then there was the dog attack, which is most definitely an Abnegation thing to do.  Then the bus.  If I was Beatrice, I would have just ignored the man.  He was getting into her space and she didn't really have to say anything.  However, we learned that she is mostly not Candor since she definitely lied.  I would love to hear more about other people's tests though.  Who wants a snippet of Caleb's choices?


What choices would you make during the test (cheese or knife, honesty or lie, rescue or abandon)?

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  1. Cheese, honesty, and rescue probably.

  2. I would have chosen the cheese, lie, and rescue.

  3. I would choose cheese, honesty and rescue.

  4. I honestly don't think I could hurt a dog, but I definitely wouldn't give it cheese. I would copy Beatrice in this part of the test. Then i would have probably told the truth and chosen rescue.