Everything you need to understand or teach A Fistful of Fig Newtons by Jean Shepherd.
A Fistful of Fig Newtons follows Ralph Parker on a long trip through the Lincoln Tunnel from New York to New Jersey. As Ralph sits in the tunnel, stuck in traffic, he reminisces over scenes of his life and speculates about the future and the state of culture. The reader travels with Ralph through memories of his childhood, the army, and life in college on the GI Bill.
As the story begins, the narrator is just approaching the Lincoln Tunnel in stand-still traffic. As he gets inside the tunnel, his mind begins to wander. First, he recalls an episode while he is in college on the GI Bill. His Fig Newtons attract three dorm-mates to his room, and Big Al, a football star, begins arguing with erudite anti-athlete Umbaugh. Umbaugh challenges the others to a chocolate laxative-eating contest, which his opponents lose. The narrator runs for the restroom...
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