1. The three musketeers — Athos, Porthos, and Aramis — are often thought of collectively, yet each of them is a unique individual. Discuss their individual differences and show how these differences are reflected in their choice of servants — for example, in Athos's Grimaud, Porthos's Mousqueton, and Aramis's Bazin.
2. Write on the relationship between adventure, intrigue, love, and mystery throughout the novel.
3. Discuss the significant occurrences (events, happenings, adventures, coincidences) which allow d'Artagnan, a simple young eighteen-year-old boy, to become a twenty-one-year-old man of position and power.
4. How does Cardinal Richelieu affect d'Artagnan's rise to fame more than do d'Artagnan's friends?
5. Discuss the correlation between the duke of Buckingham's love for Queen Anne and d'Artagnan's love for Constance Bonacieux.
6. Discuss Milady as the pure essence, or quintessence, of evil.