Essay Topic 1
Describe the relationship between Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern in the novel. How old are the sisters? How close are they? Who acts as the caretaker for the sisters?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the family history of Delphine and her sisters. By whom have they been raised? When did their mother abandon the family? What kind of relationship have the sisters had with their mother up until their arrival in Oakland?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the character of Big Ma in the narrative. How does Big Ma feel about Cecile? Why? What causes Big Ma to worry about her granddaughters' visit to Oakland?
Essay Topic 4
Discuss the theme of racism in One Crazy Summer. How is this theme developed through setting and character? What symbolism and imagery relates to the theme of racism? Where do Delphine and her sisters encounter racism?
Essay Topic 5
Compare and contrast the settings of...
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