Essay Topic 1
In Part I of the book, McCall describes his decision to steal as a rite of passage. What is a rite of passage, and how does McCall's decision to take from others constitute such a reference?
Essay Topic 2
McCall runs away from home and returns in Part I of the book. Why does McCall run away, why does he return, and why does McCall refer to the whipping he gets from his stepfather upon his return home saving "face?"
Essay Topic 3
Discuss how McCall's actions/behaviors in Chapters 1 though 5 illustrate or embody his fears?
Essay Topic 4
How does the clash between McCall and his stepfather about work and keeping a job in Part I of the book, reflect each of their views on dealing with white people? (First explain both points of view.)
Essay Topic 5
McCall is being beaten by the Cherry Boys and realizes they...
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