Essay Topic 1
The novel takes place in the late 1960s during the Vietnam war. How does the setting of the novel affect characters and the decisions they make?
Essay Topic 2
Mr. Holling is very concerned about his status in the community and the success of his business. How do Mr. Holling’s priorities and choices that he makes affect his relationships?
Essay Topic 3
In “The Merchant of Venice,” Portia pleads for mercy. How does Holling feel when he reads that speech, and what does he think about the concept of mercy as Portia presents it in her speech? How does he see mercy in his own life?
Essay Topic 4
The Christmas holidays seem to be difficult for Mrs. Bigio and Mrs. Baker. How do each of the women react to the holidays, and what does their behavior reveal about grief?
Essay Topic 5
One of Holling’s heroes has...
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