The Contender Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the setting and protagonist of the novel. Where in Harlem does Alfred live? How is the setting described? How old is Alfred? What does the exposition reveal about Alfred's past and his family?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze Alfred's relationship with Aunt Pearl in the narrative. How close is Alfred to his aunt? What is his relationship with his cousins like? How long has Alfred lived with his aunt and why?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze the characters of James, Sonny and Hollis in the novel. When did James befriend Sonny and Hollis? How does Alfred feel about these friends? How long have Alfred and James been friends? How is their friendship described?

Essay Topic 4

Describe and discuss the history of the sport of boxing. What exposure had Alfred had to the world of boxing prior to meeting Mr. Donatelli? What is Alfred's...

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