Maniac Magee Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Right at the start of this novel, the reader knows that the main character is going to have a different life than the normal pre-teen. How so?

Maniac's name is the first indicator that this character will lead a different life. Secondly, his aunt and uncle don't speak to each other while they raise him for eight years. Finally, when Maniac can't take his life any longer, he literally goes screaming from it.

2. Maniac's life tale may be bigger than he actually is. What begins the exaggeration in Chapter 2?

Maniac is said to have taken a year to travel a short distance. This time period is called The Lost Years in which no one knows what really happened, so all sorts of tales could be imagined. Also, everyone claims to have been at Maniac's arrival, when in truth only a few were there.

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