Discuss the metaphor between the book's title and the steel mill.
Which main character's story is told in Part I? What are this character's expectations for a life in America? Are the expectations realistic?
Why is it accurate to assume that George makes decisions based on emotion rather than logic? Discuss two examples for support.
When George arrives in New York, he and Zuska and her husband go separate ways. Even though George has Zuska's sister's address in Pittsburgh, and he is obviously attracted to her, he makes no effort to contact her in the upcoming years. What are the possible reasons for his lack of initiative?
George lies to his sister Francka about being robbed. Explore why George would find it necessary to lie to Francka. Give at least two other instances from the story where George does not trust family members with the truth.
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