Essay Topic 1
How does Isaac embody the American spirit in 1900? Is this a favorable portrait of the country? Do you think Isaac accurately represents America in 1900?
Essay Topic 2
What role does weather play in the book, beyond representing the hurricane?
Essay Topic 3
Isaac said this in relation to deciding on a career: "I then made up my mind that I would seek some field where I could tell big stories and tell the truth." Discuss what he means by this as well as whether he accomplished this goal. What is prophetic about this quote in relation to the hurricane?
Essay Topic 4
What is both surprising and tragic about how the residents of Galveston are first unaware of the storm and then revel in its onset? At what moment does the city seem to realize that this is going to end very badly?
Essay Topic 5
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