Essay Topic 1
Describe the overall setting for the book. Why does Hart use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the motif of fear as it plays out in this novel. How does fear drive the characters? What are the impacts of fear? How does the author instill fear in the reader?
Essay Topic 3
Explain the significance of the book's title. What did the author mean by calling the book The Last Child? Cite an example to support your answer.
Essay Topic 4
Create a brief character study of Johnny. 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 at this point in his life?
Essay Topic 5
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