Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. Explain the point of view in this novel. From whose perspective is the story told? Cite some examples that validate your position.
2. Phyllis is the epitome of a femme fatale. Explain what this means and cite examples that validate this description of Phyllis.
3. Explain why Walter is so enamored with Phyllis. Why does he willingly offer to commit murder for her? Is this typical behavior for Walter or has something happened to him at this particular point in his life.
4. Explain the meaning of the book's title. What is the literal...
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