Essay Topic 1
What statement does the author make by including such blatant racism in the novel? What is his motivation for making this social commentary? What effect do you think he hopes to have on his audience? Write about your reaction to the social commentary made by the author. Support your opinions by including details from the text and examples from your own observation or experience.
Essay Topic 2
What does the locket represent? In what ways is it more effective to include the locket as a symbol rather than explicitly state its meaning? What importance does it have in the novel? Why did the author choose that symbol?
Essay Topic 3
Make the connection between the setting and what we learn about the characters in the novel. Choose three overall adjectives to describe the setting at Ponky. Compare those adjectives to the characters and their actions. Do the characters...
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