Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why is the main character insecure in Part 1?
The main character is insecure in Part 1 because she thinks that she's fat, she's naive, and she doesn't fit in at school.
2. Describe the narrator's relationship with her mother at the beginning of the story.
The narrator's relationship with her mother is highly ambivalent. Sometimes she describes her mother as loving and supportive (like at Christmas), and sometimes she sees her as extremely insensitive.
3. Why does the main character want to lose her virginity to Roger?
The narrator wants to lose her virginity to Roger because she's afraid that if she doesn't, she'll be a virgin for the rest of her life.
4. Why doesn't the main character talk to her friends or her mother about her insecurities?
The main character doesn't talk to her friends or her mother about her insecurities because she's afraid that they'll think she's a dope.
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