How I Learned to Drive Study Guide
for How I Learned to Drive
1. Were all of the aspects of Peck and Li’l Bit’s relationship negative? Were there ways in
which they helped each other? Do you think that their relationship was at all constructive,
or entirely destructive?
2. The play opens with Li’l Bit’s telling us “Sometimes to tell a secret, you first have to teach a lesson.” What lessons does Li’l Bit learn through her experiences with Peck? What is the lesson being taught in How I Learned to Drive?
3. Towards the end of the play, Li’l Bit’s mother tells her that if anything were to happen with Peck she would hold Li’l Bit personally responsible. To what extent is Li’l Bit responsible for the events that take place? Should anyone else be held accountable? 4. Besides Peck and Li’l Bit, many characters in this play are represented by members of a Greek Chorus. How does this affect the way the story is told?
5. The events in this story are not presented to us in a chronological fashion. What is significant about the way information is presented to us? Why do you think Paula Vogel chose to structure the play in this way?