Essay Topic 1
Describe the setting of Empire Falls. What is the significance of the river?
Essay Topic 2
The river becomes almost a character itself. Create a character sketch of the river complete with positive and negative characteristics.
Essay Topic 3
Describe the Empire Grill. What is its role in the community? Is it typical of establishments in small towns in America?
Essay Topic 4
Russo liberally uses humor in the story to both entertain and convey character. Cite at least two examples which you find especially humorous.
Essay Topic 5
Do a character sketch of Miles Roby including positive and negative characteristics. Why is Miles the protagonist in the story?
Essay Topic 6
Do a character sketch of Janine Roby including positive and negative characteristics. Why does Janine seem to vacillate between divorcing Miles or not.
Essay Topic 7
Describe Tick Roby. She seems amazingly well adjusted for her circumstances. What are her...
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