Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Joseph Mitchell (writer)
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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why did Mitchell choose these stories to be in this collection? Focus on and analyze three stories to answer this question.

Essay Topic 2

Which story in Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories is the most remarkable? How does Mitchell make this story remarkable?

Essay Topic 3

Jane, Lady Olga the bearded lady, has an interesting outlook on life. Describe this point of view. Has Jane given up on life? Has she given up on changing her fate? Is she happy?

Essay Topic 4

Describe the role naivety plays in some of the stories in this collection. Which stories and characters are most representative of naivety? Why?

Essay Topic 5

Think about the story about Philippa Schuyler, the musical prodigy with parents who force a strict diet of all raw food on her. Does Mitchell seem more interested in Philippa or her parents? Explain how you know, focusing...

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