Down These Mean Streets Topics for Discussion

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Describe Piri's family. What is it about them that makes him happy? Sad? How does he interact with his family members?

What is it about Harlem that draws Piri? Why does he not fit in at the school in Long Island?

What prompts Piri to join the merchant marines? What is the result of that trip?

How does Piri become addicted to drugs? How does he get away from it? Does his effort to clean up last? How is the drug use finally resolved?

Describe Piri's relationship with Trina, with Dulcien. How are the two women different? How does Piri treat them differently? What plans are Piri making just before he is arrested?

Describe the robberies Piri is involved with. What happens at the used car lot? What does that do to the four robbers?

What is it that lands Piri in jail? Upon...

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