Essay Topic 1
The narrator’s mother and Tracey’s mother had similar socio-economic backgrounds, but they were very different in other ways. How were the two women alike and unalike? How did who they were and how they faced life have a positive or negative effect on their daughter’s lives?
Essay Topic 2
The novel is told from the point of view of the narrator. How does the point of view of the novel determine what readers know about events and characters? How does the point of view affect what readers think of the narrator? How does the point of view affect the plot?
Essay Topic 3
The narrator had a friend named Lily. What do the stories told about the narrator’s time with Lily reveal about social class and about racism? How did Lily’s birthday party particularly reveal how social class and racism affected the relationship...
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