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Title and Author: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Field of Philosophy: Metaphysics

Plot Summary: Meg Murry, her youngest brother Charles Wallace, and their new friend Calvin join forces with three intergalactic beings – Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who -- to rescue Mr. Murry, Meg's and Charles' father, from IT, a source of evil and total mental control that devours individuality and self-perception.

Some discussion questions:

What is a tesseract? How can we understand the concept of the fifth dimension?
Is time what you see when you look at a clock?
Do we need time?
What does it mean to waste time?
What is infinity? Is it an eternal present? What does that mean?
What is the past? Does it exist? What about the future?
How do you know you are in the present?
What does it feel like when time passes? Does time feel different at different times?