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Title and Author: Benjamin’s Dreadful Dream by Alan Baker

Field of Philosophy: Epistemology; Metaphysics

Plot Summary: One night Benjamin, a hamster, decides to get up and have a snack when he can’t sleep. Quickly, all kinds of weird adventures begin to happen to him. Then he finds himself back in his own bed. “Was it all a dreadful dream?” he wonders.

Some discussion questions:

Were Benjamin’s adventures a dream?
How do you know if you are dreaming?
What is a dream? Why do we dream?
What is the difference between dreaming and being awake?
Are dreams real?