The Rule of Four Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is a suspense novel about a Princeton student, Tom Sullivan, who is coming of age with his three college friends. As they all complete their senior thesis, Tom must face his past and the death of his father. Paul Harris, Tom's roommate is a brilliant senior who is on the verge of solving a 500 year old riddle written in a book called the Hypnerotomachia. Paul is solving the book's riddles and is on the verge of uncovering some of the world's yet unknow Renaissance treasure. Tom must help Paul solve the mysteries hidden in the book because Tom's father devoted his life to investigating the same book before his tragic death. Mysterious deaths and threats dog the students as they race to solve the riddles hidden within the book before they become victims to the book's allure and tragic ending. The story take place within the tradition rich Princeton campus but also within the beauty and wisdom of the Renaissance era.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for gems/treasure/money General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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