PLEASE DO NOT READ THE QUESTIONS BELOW UNTIL AFTER YOU READ  TWISTING LEGACY OR YOU WILL LEARN PART  OF THE PLOT IN ADVANCE.

Discussion Questions

If you were an orphan, would you want to know why you were given away? Would you want to know who your parents were?

 

If you were adopted as an infant and years later the social and medical histories of your biological parents were discovered, would you want to know the information they contained?

 

Did Ava make the right choice by hiding her pregnancy and HD from her husband? What would you do in her shoes?

 

Do you think Ava had an obligation to tell Langdon that she was pregnant?

 

Whose interests do you think are most important, Langdon’s or the unborn child’s?

 

Do you think Ava should have put her child up for adoption knowing it had a fifty percent chance of developing Huntington’s later on in its life?

 

Do you think Ava’s decision to end her life was selfish or unselfish?

 

Did Sunny do the right thing by keeping Ava’s pregnancy from Langdon?

 

When did you realize Mike was Langdon’s biological son? What tipped you off?

 

If you were at-risk for HD, would you want to know what the future would bring or would you prefer to live in the at-risk state?

 

What are the ethical issues that HD individuals face if they want to have their own biological children?

 

How can the further transmission of the mutated HD gene be prevented?

 

How do you feel about legislation that would require individuals who are living at-risk for HD to take the direct gene test? Would such legislation serve a purpose?

 

Should an incurable hereditary disease be diagnosed before symptoms appear?

 

Is there an ethical justification for informing a person that he or she will later develop a lethal disease for which no therapy is available? 

 

Does Huntington’s present a clash between individual rights and the rights of society as a whole?