Down These Mean Streets Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Examine Piri's writing style. How would you describe his prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? Does he use any specific writing techniques? What meaning does Piri's style give to his story?

Essay Topic 2

Identify the main themes of the story. Why do you think these themes are so important to the story? How does Piri use character and setting to express his themes?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss differences between the novel and autobiography formats. What are the main elements of a novel? What are the main elements of an autobiography? What can novelists express that an autobiographer cannot? How can autobiographies keep to the facts while still maintaining a level of entertainment?

Essay Topic 4

What major events had a profound affect on Piri's life? How did they change him?

Essay Topic 5

Look at the structure of the book.

1) Discuss elements of the narrative structure...

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