Define "Normal" Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Stereotyping by appearance is a theme that runs throughout the novel, Define Normal. Select three different examples of stereotyping in the novel and discuss how each example affects the life of at least one character.

Essay Topic 2

The story is told from Antonia's point of view. Discuss the reasons the author chooses to use Antonia as the main narrator instead of a different character. In your explanation, be sure to include the definition of point-of-view, and what type of point-of-view the author is using.

Essay Topic 3

One of the major themes is the book is the mother-daughter relationship. Compare Antonia's relationship with her mother to Jazz's relationship with her mother. How are the relationships similar and how are they different?

Essay Topic 4

Mental illness is a painful topic. Discuss Antonia's mother's illness and the effect that it has had on her family. At the end of...

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