Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 Abstract
* The main character, Palmer LaRue, describes his dread of being a wringer.
* This dread follows him everywhere he goes.
* In his dreams he cannot wring the neck of a pigeon as the crowd cheers him on.
* Palmer is thrilled when Beans, Mutto and Henry arrive at his party.
* He likes their gifts because...
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