Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why does Rusty-James resent Steve's presence on the beach?
Rusty-James resents Steve because Steve makes him remember events he does not want to remember.
2. What does Rusty-James' bad grammar and slang tell the reader about his character?
The usage of slang and bad grammar reveals that Rusty-James is not educated and that he has not finished high school.
3. How does the author create suspense?
The author creates suspense by introducing Rusty-James several years after the knife fight, by allowing Steve to drop hints that Rusty-James reminds him of someone, and by allowing Rusty-James' memory lapses.
4. What does Steve's confession that he is going to college to be a teacher reveal about his character?
Early in the book, the reader sees the differences and sharp contrast between Steve and Rusty-James, two characters who came from the same neighborhood and used to be best friends.
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