In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle Short Essay - Answer Key

Madeleine Blais
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1. What intention does the author describe for the book in her Prologue?

The author establishes that she has never been involved in athletics. However, the author was inspired by Kristin's enthusiasm about her team and what teamwork meant. This led the author to write a book that not only focuses on teamwork, but also examines the progression of female athletes.

2. What is the author's history with team sports?

The author never participated in team sports. She explains that her family was largely female and was not focused on athletics. Her leaning was toward academia.

3. Who led the author to write about the Amherst Lady Hurricanes? How?

Kristin Marvin was a babysitter for the author and demonstrated shooting hoops with her children. Marvin's enthusiasm for her team and her hopes for the coming season inspired the author to follow the Amherst Lady Hurricanes.

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