THE ALCHEMIST
- Questions for Discussion -

1. What was your "beginner's luck"?

2. What is your dream?
....What prevents you from following it?

3. Santiago takes a menial job with the crystal merchant
....and learns many lessons.
....Which lessons were the most crucial to the pursuit of his dream?

4. The gypsy woman asks for one-tenth of his treasure
....in return for giving her advise.
....The old man asks for one-tenth of his flock. Why?

5. When he talked about the pilgrimage to Mecca,
....the crystal merchant argued that having a dream
....is more important than fulfilling it. Do you agree?

6. The Englishman is searching for "a universal language,
....understood by everybody."
....What is that language?

7. How does the Englishman's search for the alchemist
....compares to Santiago's search for a treasure?

8. How did the Englishman and Santiago
....feel about each other?

9. Why do you think the alchemist
....chose to befriend Santiago
....when he knew that the Englishman was the one looking for him?

10. What is the meaning of two dead hawks
......and the falcon in the oasis?

11. The alchemist explains to Santiago
......the secret of successfully turning metal into gold.
......How does this process compare to finding a dream?

12. The alchemist tells Santiago
......"when you possess great treasures within you
......and try to tell others of them,
......seldom are you believed."
......Do you agree?

13. Why did Santiago have to go through
......the dangers of tribal wars on the outskirts of the oasis
......in order to reach the pyramids?

14. At the very end of the journey,
.....why did the alchemist leave Santiago?