Essay Topic 1
Examine the portrayal of the city of Johnstown in the book. What is the nature of the atmosphere? How are the townsfolk described?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the role of time period in the book. In what way is the time period to blame for the flood? What might have been different for the town had the flood occurred in a modern time period?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the author's portrayal of social class in Johnstown. What role did the wealthy play in the town? What about the poor?
Essay Topic 4
Discuss the role of the steel industry in the book. What impact did they have on the progress of Johnstown? What connection did it have to the flood?
Essay Topic 5
Examine John Fulton's report on the dam in Chapter 2. What is the nature of this report? What might have been prevented in terms of the flood had...
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