Among the Thugs Short Essay - Answer Key

Bill Buford
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1. What is the purpose Buford has for writing "Among the Thugs"?

Buford writes "Among the Thugs" to better inform people of how European football firms operate. Through his research and writings, the reader is able to experience violence, alcohol, and the mob mentality of European football fans.

2. What happens when Buford waits at a train station in "A Station Outside Cardiff"?

When Buford waits at a train station in he sees policemen approaching where he is standing, and soon a crowd of football supporters arrive and one drunk man falls out of the train and is immediately arrested. Buford is perplexed by this at first, but then the violence and mayhem of the crowd ensues.

3. Why are Buford's friends surprised at Buford's reaction to the crowd's behavior at the train station?

Buford's friends are surprised by Buford's reaction to the crowd at the train station because Buford has never seen a European football match. They also know that he has never seen the mob of its supporters. Buford's friends then decide to take him to a game.

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