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. The author begins the story in the present day and tells the story through some flashbacks. Why did he choose to tell his story this way? In what way is a flashback technique more interesting for a reader? In what ways is it more complicated?
2. Describe the setting at the beginning of the novel. Does the author paint a complete picture for the reader? What, if anything, is missing?
3. Stofsky spends some alone time throughout the novel to contemplate his life. What does he think about? ...
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