1. What happens that shatters Reuben’s world? What are Arlene’s reasons for doing this? Do you agree with her? Why or why not?
2. Eventually, Pay-It-Forward begins to work, creating a chain reaction something a prisoner calls The Movement. Why does the concept take hold? Why is it most evident in the criminal community? What is it about the plan that inspires people? Describe its basic idea and give it another name (rather than pay-it-forward).
3. What do you think about Matt’s theory why Sidney G. starts paying it forward? What could another motivation be for Sidney G. to have payed it forward? Sidney G. may not have started the movement, but he certainly seems to have got it to take off. How do you feel about that? Why does the author make this character be the one to fuel The Movement?
4. Ask the group a question. Make sure it is an open-ended question (needs more than a yes or no answer) and be sure to ask for reasoning behind the answer.