Essay Topic 1
Explain Robert's reasons for running out of school in Chapter 1. Why is he offended when a classmate teases him about his plain clothes? What is the overall picture of Robert's frustration and anger?
Essay Topic 2
Robert begins to show signs of maturity as the story evolves. Cite at least three examples that show that Robert is growing up and note why you selected the examples.
Essay Topic 3
The reader is introduced to some Shaker folklore in Chapter 2 while the family is tending to Robert's wounds sustained while helping the cow. Cite at least three examples of Shaker folklore in the book and note why you selected these examples as representative of the Shaker culture.
Essay Topic 4
Describe Papa's evolving relationship with Robert. How does he gently guide him into becoming a man and being able to take over the farm?
Essay Topic 5
Papa at first does...
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