Essay Topic 1
Define the following terms;
1. Compound attack.
2. The short lunge.
How does the author use the fencing terms as part of the narrative structure?
Essay Topic 2
How did Don Jaime become a fencing master? What has fencing taught Don Jaime about life?
Essay Topic 3
What are Don Jaime's views on one of the following subjects.
How has fencing shaped his views on that subject?
Essay Topic 4
What were the role of women in 1860s Spain? In what way is the feminism discourse relate to contemporary issues?
Essay Topic 5
Why does Don Jaime consider fencing an art? What would he think about the position of fencing in today's society?
Essay Topic 6
What does the story express about Spanish society during the 1860s? How does the author use the setting to also express contemporary concerns?
Essay Topic 7
Pick a character from the book and...
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