Essay Topic 1
Even when told he can not play in the football match, Tom rushes the pitch anyway.
Part 1) Why does he rush the pitch?
Part 2) What does this say about Tom's character?
Part 3) What is the outcome of this action?
Essay Topic 2
The Squire and Tom have a gruff, yet intimate relationship.
Part 1) What does the Squire do before speaking his final words to Tom?
Part 2) What advice does he give Tom?
Part 3) What is Tom's reaction to his father's advice?
Essay Topic 3
Tom believes that the stagecoach ride to Rugby School is the greatest day in his life.
Part 1) Why?
Part 2) How does this foreshadow his experiences at Rugby School?
Part 3) Would he still consider this the greatest day of his life at the end of the book? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 4
At first, Tom is reluctant to be a mentor to Arthur.
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