Essay Topic 1
Emma's childhood was lived with her erratic mother, Becky. Becky had often been fun-loving, shouting answers to the puzzles on "Wheel of Fortune," and other times spending hours crying on the couch. Sometimes Becky took Emma shopping, buying her "two of everything." When Emma questioned the reason for two pairs of the same kind of shoe, her mother would say it was in case one got dirty.
1. Discuss, in depth, how you think such inconsistent behavior by a mother would affect a child? Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.
2. Discuss your ideas about guilt and its affect on people and relate these ideas to the fact of Becky buying two of everything. Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.
3. Do you think, given Becky's problems, Emma was better off in foster care? Why...
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