Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapters 1-3 Abstract
* At the opening of the novel, Augie March is 9 years old, living without a father, with a tyrannical landlady, Mrs. Lausch, whom Augie is instructed to call "Grandma." Augie's mother is described as "beaten-down and simple-minded," but Augie loves her anyway.
* Augie lives, along with his mother, with his older brother Simon who...
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