A Long Way from Chicago Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Richard Peck
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Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the narrator of the stories in A Long Way from Chicago. How old is the narrator as he relates the stories? How old is the narrator during his first visit to Grandma Dowdel's house? How does this character evolve in the course of the stories?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the setting of “Shotgun Cheatham’s Last Night above Ground.” In what year does this story take place? How would you describe the mood and atmosphere established through the setting in the story? Where does Grandma Dowdel live?

Essay Topic 3

How does Grandma Dowdel's house and town differ from the home where Joey And Mary Alice live? How would you compare Grandma Dowdel's actions and morals with those of Joey and Mary Alice's parents? What are some morally questionable things that Grandma Dowdel does in the stories?

Essay Topic 4

What does Grandma Dowdel...

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