The Basketball Diaries Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How do Jim and his friends show respect for each other? Give an example from the text of one person reaching out to help another.

Essay Topic 2

Why might basketball be the chosen sport for Jim? What factors make this a popular sport with boys in his community?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Jim's interactions with people of other cultures. How does he get along with them? What conflicts does he have? What type of language does he use to describe them?

Essay Topic 4

How do priests and brothers show their power at Jim's school? How do the students interact with them?

Essay Topic 5

Why does Jim want to return to public school? How is his Catholic school different than a public school? How is it similar?

Essay Topic 6

Why is Jim unwilling to hustle at Yankee Stadium, when he hustles on the street? Discuss the skills he...

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