What Makes Sammy Run? Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Sammy Glick and Al Manheim are the most important characters in the story, "What Makes Sammy Run?" Compare and contrast Sammy and Al. How are they the same? How are they different? Who is more successful in the end? Give several examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Al Manheim is fascinated by Sammy Glick's motivated attitude. Al constantly asks himself the same question, "What Makes Sammy Run?" Sammy's running is symbolic. Discuss the significance of this. Answer Al's question of what makes Sammy run. Consider discussing themes of societal pressure, greed and success.

Essay Topic 3

Hollywood could be considered a character in the story, "What Makes Sammy Run?" Discuss the role Hollywood plays: what does it stand for? Consider the film industry, the way bosses are represented, and The Writers Guild.

Essay Topic 4

Consider the women characters in "What Makes Sammy Run...

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