Essay Topic 1
Identify the genre of Looking for Alaska and the tone established in “one hundred thirty-six days before." How are “genre” and “tone” defined? Which of the following words would you use to describe the tone of this chapter: formal, informal, intimate, solemn, somber, playful, serious, ironic, or condescending? What factors contribute to this tone?
Essay Topic 2
Analyze the narrative point of view from which the story of Looking for Alaska is related. Why do you think the author chooses to tell the story from a first-person narrative point of view? What are the benefits of this narrative style? What are the limitations? How do you think the story would differ if it were related from a different narrative perspective?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the French Renaissance writer, doctor, Renaissance humanist, monk and Greek scholar Francois Rabelais. When did Rabelais live? Why did he leave the monastery? Why...
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