Essay Topic 1
Does the author present a realistic view of pioneer life, or is his version idealized to the point of being unbelievable? Include research to support your claim.
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the characters of George Burton and Ben MacDonald. Are they good versus evil? Or something else? In what ways are their motivations alike and different? Do they have anything in common at all?
Essay Topic 3
Readers can, to an extent, determine the strength of Ben's relationships with those around him by examining the extent to which Ben speaks with them. To which characters is Ben closest? Which characters does he not have much of a relationship with? Analyze Ben's relationship with each of his family members using his communication as evidence of his feelings.
Essay Topic 4
Ben communicates with humans and with animals, but does not completely communicate with either...
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