We don't treat a megillah scroll with the same respect as we treat a Torah scroll. The question, though, is why?
1. Without reading ahead, why do you think we may not treat a megillah scroll with the same respect with which we treat a Torah scroll?
The rabbis discuss the reason why we may not treat the megillah with the same respect as the Torah. The debate relies on whether or not the "Divine Spirit" inspired the megillah - or, in other words, what God's role was in the story and how that impacted how it was written down for posterity.
2. The Gemara (the Talmud sometimes talks in the third person) is questioning the first statement. It's asking, "Is Shmuel really saying that God wasn't involved?" The Gemara says, no, that's not the case. What is the correction/clarification that the Gemara offers?
3. What is the difference between reading the megillah in public and writing in down? What does it matter?
The conversation about the megillah continues, but this time Esther has some ideas about how she should be remembered. In this text, which is a midrash, the Gemara imagines a conversation between the rabbis and Esther herself.
4. The text tells us that Esther demanded the story of Purim be re-told every generation. Where do we have proof of her request?
5. Why were the rabbis cautious about establishing the story as a tradition to be told every year?
6. Esther is having none of it. What is her response to the sages?