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Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study on Mr. Grogan. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him--if anything--at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 2

The story takes place as America is in the throes of World War II. Explain the significance of the war on America in general and in Ithaca in particular. What impact did the war have on the choices that the characters make? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The role of a melting pot of characters is an important element in this story. Why is the concept of America and patriotism important in the story? What message is Saroyan trying to convey by incorporating people of different ethnicities into the work?

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