Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the actions and personalities of Patrick and Armando. What is different about their relationships with the hospital staff, and why? What are the similarities and differences in their home situations? What do you think would have happened if they had met? Why do they have such different attitudes about their respective illnesses? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the Sparks, and the Poarches. What are the similarities in the way they handled their childrens' illnesses? What are the differences? Do you think either couple handled the decisions they had to make better than the other? If so, who? How did they handle life after Hermann? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 3
Compare Hermann Hospital to the other major hospitals in Houston, Ben...
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