1. During this chapter, Bella (and Aro) notice silent and one-sided conversations between Edward and Alice. By analyzing the facts in the rest of the chapters, can you surmise the content of these communications?
I'm sure that Alice wanted to know how real the danger was, I'm sure she was shooting visions at him as well. No doubt that Alice was watching for a decision from them.
I think she was also trying to keep Edward calm, he was so on edge being in that room with Bella there, I think he would do anything to protect her.
2. Can you explain how Aro's behavior is deceptive, based on what we know of the Volturi?
He's entirely too nice, I don't think in a regular situation he is the passive. I'm not sure whether it's because he has always held Carlisle in such high regard or because he truly wants Edward and Alice to become part of their family.
3. Compare and contrast Aro, Marcus and Caius. Which one is most frightening? Why?
I was say Marcus is the scariest he seemed so angry, and he would constantly try to contradict any decision Aro tries to make. He doesn't seem to like the Cullens very much and that confused because Carlisle's story had described them as good friends.
4. Aro considers Edward not drinking Bella's blood a waste. Edward sees it as a price for an unimaginable opportunity. How do you explain this difference in opinion? How does this contrast the lifestyle choices of the Volturi with that of the Cullens? How does it contrast the individual character of Edward and Aro?
I think that blood is blood to the Volturi, whether it sings or not it should be taken advantage of. This just proves more than ever how much Edward loves Bella, he is willing to endure the torment her blood produces because being with her is more important. I think in his mind Edward is beginning to realize his love for her is giving him more humanity because his want for her is becoming more than the urge for her blood and I think he holds onto that and it makes her so much more precious to him.
The Cullen's are always persevering to preserve life, the Volturi have no regard whatsoever for human life, it is a broad difference and I'm sure the Votluri see this as threatening behavior because it enables larger covens to form and live harmoniously, whereas they rule governed on fear, they want to be feared because it gives them more control.
5. Aro says that Edward reminds, him of and angrier Carlisle. He also indicates that he believes Edward has even more self-control than Carlisle. Edward disagrees. With which evaluation do you agree? Can you find support in the text to defend your opinions?
As far as I can tell, Carlisle has killed no human. But Edward had a slip. I don't think you can even categorize them them the same way. They are completely different situations.
Edward does resist human blood but Bella's blood sings to him, we know from how the story has progressed, what a truly unusual and difficult thing this truly is. Carlisle is at the point where blood doesn't penetrate his senses anymore. I think they are both show an amazing amount of self control but to make an assumption that they are in anyway the same really isn't fair.
6. Stephenie has told us that Bella's immunity to certain vampire powers; including Edward's, Aro's and Jane's abilities; Is because she has a 'private mind.' Explain what you think this means. How do you think it works.
I think that Bella's mind is closed because she knows who she is and what she think, she doesn't change her mind to conform. How it works? I dunno it's a tough one but I really do hope we find out.