Essay Topic 1
Examine the role of gender in the novel--do characters act they way they do because they are male or female? Which characters (if any) don't act like they 'should' for their gender?
Essay Topic 2
Examine the role of race in the novel--do characters act appropriate for their race? Indeed, what race are the characters? What tale-tell signs indicate race in fiction?
Essay Topic 3
Examine the role of class in the novel. Which characters act appropriately for their class? Who is the wealthiest character in the novel and how do they act? Who is the poorest character in the novel and how do they act?
Essay Topic 4
The novel presents four teenage girls who begin the year thinking about boys, dating, and sexuality. As the year progresses they think more and more about mental illness and less and less about dating. Discuss elements of sexuality within the...
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