Jeffty Is Five Discussion Questions

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Ellison's short story ends without fully explaining what has happened to Jeffty. Write two or three possible conclusions, explaining in detail what has happened. Did Jeffty die? How did he die? What kind of funeral would he have had? Did he grow up? What would that mean for the narrator Donald? What would that mean for Jeffty's parents?

Research an old radio script from one of the 1940s programs that are mentioned in this short story. Then write a script of your own, mimicking the style of the program you have chosen.

The narrator in Ellison's story is very nostalgic about the 1940s, the time when he was five years old. What was happening in your life when you were five years old? What kind of programs did you listen to? What kind of movies do you remember? What were some of your favorite foods? What...

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