Essay Topic 1
Explain Shelby's fascination with words. How does she use this as a cover to protect herself? How is it a sign of her loneliness?
Essay Topic 2
The theme of suicide runs through the novel. Why, according to Ross, is suicide NOT an escape? What was he trying to do when he tried to kill himself?
Essay Topic 3
How does the author add important information about the case? Do you think the old newspaper clippings, police reports and interviews help or hurt the story line? Why?
Essay Topic 4
Henry Perkins was a real person who started the Eugenics Survey of Vermont, but Harry Beaumont and Spencer Pike are fictional. How does this affect the story for you to know that this really happened and that there were real people who did this kind of work?
Essay Topic 5
Spencer says in the novel that some women are meant...
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