The First Seven Years Discussion Questions

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In "The First Seven Years," Miriam appears to be more modern and Americanized than her father (she insists on her independence and takes no notice of his advice). What problems might second-generation immigrants, whether Jewish or otherwise, face in terms of the conflict between the culture their parents identify with and the culture that they, the children, were born and raised in? Might a second-generation immigrant be more likely to have difficulty forming a secure sense of personal identity?

If Feld's choice of a husband for Miriam is practical, her own choice is more romantic. What are the best criteria for forming intimate relationships leading to marriage? Do the practical and the romantic always have to be at odds? Why do some people seem to make a habit of choosing relationships with "unsuitable" partners?

Write a short story based on the two dates that Max and...

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