Essay Topic 1
Most of the men in the village went off to war. How has this affected the village as a whole? How has it affected Jo? How does he compensate for the loss of his father?
Essay Topic 2
The war came on suddenly, radically changing the lives of the villagers. The bear attack came on suddenly, changing Jo's world. Describe how the situations were similar.
Essay Topic 3
The villagers treated Jo like a hero. How did this make him feel? Did he feel as if he deserved their respect? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 4
What did the stranger's interactions with the bear cub demonstrate about his own personality?
Essay Topic 5
How was Madame Horcada viewed by the village children? What did Jo learn about her as he spied through the window?
Essay Topic 6
Describe the scene in the barn. What was Jo expecting to find, and...
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