Oklahoma! Study Guide
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS for Oklahoma!
FOR UNIVERSITY OR HIGH SCHOOL AUDIENCES
1. One thing that makes Oklahoma! such an important musical is the fact that it completely integrates plot and story with the music and songs in a way that was new and unusual at the time it was first produced. How do the songs work with telling the story of this musical? What would happen if the songs were removed?
2. What do you see or think of during the Dream Ballet? What does the Dream Ballet add to the musical that couldn’t be accomplished without it?
3. How do the characters’ different dialects and accents affect the way we see and experience the play?
4. Describe the sets and costumes in the play. Does this match your image of Oklahoma or the Midwest? Why or why not?
5. Who is involved with which love triangle? What effect do the two love triangles have on each party’s view about love?
FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND JUNIOR HIGH AUDIENCES
6. People from Oklahoma are proud of their wit. Which joke was your favorite? If so, what is it?
7. Do you think Curly killed Jud on purpose at the end of the play? Why or why not?
8. Does Paw love his daughter Ado Annie? State your reasoning.
9. What intentions do you think Jud has for Laurey right after the Smokehouse scene in Act I? What intentions do you think Curly has after the Smokehouse scene? Who do you think will fight harder for their intentions and why?
10. How could you tell the cowboys from the farmers? Describe each of the groups. Did they share any similarities? Differences?
11. Who changes throughout the play? Who does not? Who changed the most?