1. Why is Edward still reluctant to let Bella go by herself and face the Volturi even though she is a vampire?
Vampire or not, he wants to be there to protect her.
2. Why is it important that Irina is first seen in the forest? Did you anticipate her appearance in the forest? Why or why not?
No, I didn't anticipate it all.
3. Renesmee is growing mentally at an alarming rate while her body is gradually slowing. How is this similar or different to Bella when she was human?
Bella took care of her mother at a young age. So this would indicate she also grew mentally fast(er than other).
4. One way to stop Renesmee growth is for her to be bitten by a vampire. Bella is totally set against this idea. How is this ironic considering Bella and Edward’s struggle in the first three books? How have their position on this issue changed?
Bella would not want her daughter to have pain. And, since, she's half human, they can't be positive it won't kill her. I think Bella's afraid.