Essay Topic 1
In Chapter 1, examples are given that show how honor students are treated at Ballou High School. Explain why most students are not interested in academic success at Ballou.
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 1, Mr. Taylor compares the challenges in Cedric's life to "a race, a long race?" Explain why Mr. Taylor uses the metaphor of a race. Why does Cedric's mother also use the image of a race to describe the challenges Cedric faces? How do the challenges that Cedric experiences compare to a race?
Essay Topic 3
In Chapter 3, Cedric is depressed and easily irritated as he waits to hear if he has been accepted to a summer program at M.I.T. Discuss why Cedric is depressed and easily irritated.
Essay Topic 4
In Chapter 3, Mr. Taylor misquotes Hebrews 11:1. How does Mr. Taylor misquote this phrase? Explain what this phrase means to Cedric at that point in...
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