Essay Topic 1
Compare Sal's grandparents on each side of her family: their personalities, relationships, and roles in the story.
Essay Topic 2
What does the title of the story mean? Why do you think the author chose this title for the story? Use specific examples from the novel to support your points.
Essay Topic 3
Describe the factors that motivated Sal's mother to leave her family. Use specific quotes from the novel.
Essay Topic 4
In what ways is Phoebe's mother similar to Sal's mother? In what ways are they different?
Essay Topic 5
Why is Sal angry at her mother for leaving? What does being angry accomplish for Sal?
Essay Topic 6
Describe the settings in which the novel primarily takes place. How do each of these settings affect the story?
Essay Topic 7
A foil in literature refers to a character that highlights the traits of another character in order to make...
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