Essay Topic 1
Write an essay analyzing how Vivian chooses to deal with her initial uncertainty about how the staff at Frogmore Cottage might feel about serving her, a middle-aged, middle-class black American woman.
Essay Topic 2
How would you describe Vivian's and Maddie's parent-child relationship dynamics? Write an essay explaining your answer, citing specific references to the text.
Essay Topic 3
Though the novel is narrated from a third-person point of view, Guillory alternates the focus of her chapters between Vivian and Malcolm. What effect do you think Guillory's switching of her focus between these two main characters has on the reader's perception, and understanding of, those characters? Write an essay explaining your answer.
Essay Topic 4
How would you describe the early interactions between Vivian and Malcolm, and how do Vivian's and Malcolm's communications with each other change after their first kiss in Chapter Five? Write an essay explaining your...
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