Essay Topic 1
How does Giovanna feel about her father, Andrea, as the novel begins? Why do you think Giovanna is so stung by Andrea's comment that she is beginning to resemble his estranged sister Vittoria? Write an essay explaining your answers.
Essay Topic 2
What does Giovanna notice is different about her father's attitudes towards the family he grew up in - towards his siblings and his parents - than almost everyone else she knows in Naples? Write an essay explaining your answers, citing specific references to the text to help support your findings.
Essay Topic 3
Why does Giovanna become so obsessed with the idea of her physical attractiveness, especially concerning her face? Write an essay explaining your answers.
Essay Topic 4
How would you describe Giovanna's relationship with her friend Angela early in the novel? How and why does the girls' relationship change as the novel progresses? Write an...
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