Essay Topic 1
Most of the characters in the novel are in bondage. What are the lives of slaves like? In what way is the treatment they receive inhumane?
Essay Topic 2
The point of view in a novel determines how readers view characters and events. What is the point of view in the novel?
Essay Topic 3
Maynard is the legitimate son of Howell Walker. What type of person is Maynard? Why is he disrespected by people in his social class?
Essay Topic 4
Hiram, like many slaves, wants freedom. When does Hiram decide he needs to escape? Why does he seek freedom? Why is a freedom so important to him?
Essay Topic 5
A flashback relates information about events that happened before the times mentioned in the novel. How are flashbacks used in The Water Dancer? How do flashbacks provide information about what has happened before the novel begins?
Essay Topic 6
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