Penrod Topics for Discussion

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1. What sort of literature does Penrod's "Harold Ramorez" represent? Do you read anything today that resembles Penrod's attempt at authorship?

2. Penrod, Sam, Herman, and Verman put together a show and charge admission for entry. Is creating a show still a popular pastime for young people? If not, what pastimes have replaced it?

3. Why does Penrod want to be like Rupe Collins?

4. Characters such as Penrod, Huckleberry Finn, Dennis the Menace, and Calvin from the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" seem to have a lasting popularity. Why do stories about "bad boys" make interesting reading?

5. How is Tarkington's portrayal of Herman and Verman different from his portrayal of the other characters?

6. What are some of the social attitudes that have changed since Tarkington wrote Penrod?

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Penrod from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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