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.
Act 1, Part 1 Abstract
* The play begins with a prologue.
* The narrator, El Pachuco, appears and is dressed in a zoot suit.
* El Pachuco says the "pachuco" is part mythic hero and part heroic joke.
* El Pachuco says it is every young Chicano's secret wish in the 1940s in the barrio to live the pachuco dream of...
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