Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast Bobby and Mike. Both men want influence over Beth but have their hold on her in very different ways. Why are their differences classic examples of conflict in drama? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?
Essay Topic 2
Quindlen is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, briefly describe each and identify the technique which each represents.
Essay Topic 3
What is the primary setting for the novel? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Quindlen choose to use this place in the novel?
Essay Topic 4
Loss is an important theme in BLACK AND BLUE. Can you cite an example to support this theme? Name two other themes and cite examples to support your answer.
Essay Topic 5
Describe the role of the family in BLACK AND...
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