Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast Ben and Annie. Include in this discussion:
1. Each characters' relationship with their mother.
2. Their inability to remember what has happened to them in their relationships with their mothers.
3. The instances that have brought on their healing. Discuss the way that Annie and Ben have used their backgrounds in order to help each other.
Essay Topic 2
Consider the titles that Annie uses in her book, both the main title and section titles for the three main sections of the novel.
1. Do you believe the section titles (The Other Side of Silence, Silence and Messenger) are appropriate? Explain how each title relates to the information included in that section of the text.
2. Do you believe the main title of the novel, A Shining Affliction, is appropriate? To what affliction does the title refer? Why is this affliction considered to be shining?
Essay Topic 3
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