Essay Topic 1
The two couples in this story are presented as having very different types of relationships. Compare and contrast the dynamics of the two couples' relationships. How are the relationships the same? How are they different? Which couple would you have felt more comfortable around? Why?
Essay Topic 2
Mel is a significant character in this story due to his monopolization of the conversation.
Part 1) Discuss the dynamics of Mel's character throughout the course of the story. Does he change much? Why or why not?
Part 2) Do the other characters in the story seem to like or dislike Mel? How can you tell?
Part 3) What are your opinions toward Mel by the end of the story? Do you like him or dislike him?
Essay Topic 3
Mel's story of the old couple plays a pivotal role in this story.
Part 1) What is so significant about the story? How does...
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