Essay Topic 1
"All children mythologize their birth." What does this quote by Vida Winter mean? How is this true for you or for others you have known? What myths were the characters in the story perpetuating and why?
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 3, Margaret writes about her family, and in particular her parents, "tragedy changes everything." Discuss this idea in terms of the book. How were the characters affected by tragedy?
Essay Topic 3
In Chapter 2, Margaret Lea says, "through the written word, they (authors) can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you." In what ways did this novel arouse a reader's emotions? Give specific examples of emotions or life lessons that a reader could use from this novel.
Essay Topic 4
How is understanding family history helpful in understanding an individual? Winter says to Margaret that individuals are part...
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