Who are the characters? What do we know about them?
What is the setting?
Who is the narrator?
What are some things we might need to find out about Jewish culture to better understand the story?
How does this story fit into the big picture of the whole Bible, and into the whole story of what God has done and will do?
Remember the important lesson we learned from Ruth: God is faithful, and the story of Ruth continues the theme we see elsewhere in the Bible. God was faithful to Ruth, and he is faithful to us is we trust and follow him.