Essay Topic 1
When Annie Dillard published this memoir, she was over forty years old, but attempting to write in the voice of her childhood. Give one example of a scene in which Annie was writing in the voice of ten-year-old child, and one scene in which she was writing in the voice of an adult woman looking back. Do you think the balance between these voices was successful? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Literature plays a large role in Annie's childhood. First, name at least two novels Annie was reading as a child and explain how the themes of these novels directly related to Annie's life. Do you think Annie's reading list as a ten-year-old child was age appropriate? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Much of Annie's memoir deals with her musings on consciousness, and understanding one's place within the world. Give at least two examples...
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