Objective: Part 1, Chapter 1 - Chapter 2. The book opens in the Wonder Bar with Dr. Hasselbacher and Mr. Wormold talking over drinks. The two men have been friends for more than fifteen years, yet they still use titles instead of first names. A blind Negro walks by them, counting his steps. Dr. Hasselbacher talks of a resemblance to a man named Joe, and then the subject chances. The objective of this lesson is to introduce the characters.
1. Assign students to discussion groups of six and have them discuss the opening one and one third pages of the novel. How does the conversation of Hasselbacher and Wormold create an aura of suspense when they talk about the blind Negro? Would your curiosity be lessened if they explained who he is? Do you think this is a good way to begin a novel? Formulate a group opinion and be prepared...
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