Essay Topic 1
What is Jamie's first reaction to seeing Van throw Nin across the room? How does Jamie's mother's reaction effect his own feelings about the incident?
Essay Topic 2
How does Jamie's obsession with magic help him forget about his problems? How does Patty use Jamie's love of magic to control him?
Essay Topic 3
What are Jamie's feelings for Van? Why does he feel sympathy for Van at the end of the book? What does his sympathy suggest about Van and his relationship with Patty?
Essay Topic 4
What is Patty's relationship with Earl? Why is Earl so willing to help Patty?
Essay Topic 5
In what way does the author suggest Van is not the nasty person he seems at the beginning of the novel? How does this complicate the relationship he has had with Patty? What does this sat the way the author think about humans in general...
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