Essay Topic 1
What are the physical, social, and emotional effects of Birdie's time spent in hiding? How does Sandy's insistence that Birdie pass as a white Jewish girl affect Birdie's character development? How does Birdie's forced secret identity affect her relationship with her mother?
Essay Topic 2
How does Birdie's perceived race affect her status in society? What strengths will she need to develop as an adult in order to thrive in American society? How might living in Berkeley affect her outlook on people of mixed race?
Essay Topic 3
How is racism exemplified in the novel? Describe examples of racism among all ethnic groups represented in the novel. How does racism affect the development of the characters in the novel?
Essay Topic 4
What is the value placed on skin color in the novel? How does skin color relate to racial perceptions and attitudes? How does the attitude prevalent towards...
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