Essay Topic 1
The title of this book is certainly striking in and of itself, even before a reader dives into the text.
Part 1: What did you think the title referred to when you first picked up the book?
Part 2: Having read the book, how does the title relate to the book?
Part 3: The idea of a stain implies a negative meaning. Does this title have a negative connotation? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
It's interesting that the story includes a modern day reference to the Bill Clinton scandal, as it mirrors other events in the story as well.
Part 1: Why do you think the author decided to include the reference to the Bill Clinton scandal?
Part 2: Do you think Clinton's situation and Coleman's situation are similar? Why or why not?
Part 3: What do you think the novel has to say about affairs between older men and younger...
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