Essay Topic 1
What does the Mao picture symbolize in the context of the story? How is Mao compared to the main character Bill?
Essay Topic 2
What does it say about Karen's character and upbringing that she becomes involved with things and people so deeply? What do you think Karen learned about life from her time with the Unification Church?
Essay Topic 3
Choose one of the following characters in the novel and discuss how their character changes through the story.
Essay Topic 4
What did Scott first find in Bill's writing that he liked? Why did Bill decide to take on Scott? Has Scott helped or hindered Bill? How would Bill cope without him?
Essay Topic 5
What are Bill's views on life? How relevant are these views considering that he has been a recluse for so long? Does a writer have a responsibility to be a...
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