Essay Topic 1
The book opens with a fight scene. How does this fact foreshadow the path of the entire book? Discuss at least three specific fight scenes from the book, concentrating on motives and outcomes.
Essay Topic 2
In the early chapters of the book, we see the disciplinary styles of both Mudder and Fader. How do we see these things reemerge in the adult lives of Jimmie and Maggie? Cite at least four specific examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the morality of Rum Alley based on each of the following scenarios:
A) Fader and Mudder disciplining violence with more violence.
B) The old woman trading her kindness for favors.
C) Jimmie fighting to protect the old woman's beer.
Essay Topic 4
Both police and firefighters are in positions of authority, but Jimmie has very different emotions and reactions toward these two groups. Compare...
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