Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. James and Gus, and Michael and Melanie, have different personalities. Describe the different personalities of these characters. How do some match in comparison to others, and what kind of balance is created by having couples with different personalities? Make sure you answer each question with evidence from the novel.
2. The relationships between parent and child in this novel are strong, especially between Gus and Chris. How does Gus protect her son? How would you describe her relationship with her son in comparison with James relationship with his son? Make sure you answer each question with...
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