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The Last Picture Show Summary
Larry McMurtry

Everything you need to understand or teach The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry.

  • The Last Picture Show Summary & Study Guide
  • 30 The Last Picture Show Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

The Last Picture Show Summary

Plot Summary

In the mid-1950s, Sonny Crawford and his best friend Dwayne are high school seniors in the small town of Thalia, Texas. Both boys play football, hang out at the pool hall and obsess about sex. Dwayne dates Jacy Farrow, the richest, prettiest girl in town, and Sonny dates Charlene Duggs, an unattractive and unpleasant classmate. As the novel begins, Sonny is overwhelmed by the loneliness of the town and his dissatisfaction with his dating prospects. Sonny dumps Charlene after a night at the picture show and begins an affair with Ruth Popper, the football coach's attractive but neglected wife. Sonny enjoys having sex with Ruth and accepts that she is in love with him.

Meanwhile, Dwayne does his best to get Jacy to have sex with him, but she is gradually lured away to a faster, wilder crowd of rich kids from Wichita. Jacy is a selfish...

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Study Pack

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The Last Picture Show Study Guide

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The Last Picture Show Lesson Plans contain 116 pages of teaching material, including:

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