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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

Jack Gantos
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Topics for Discussion

Joey's grandmother abused him in several ways throughout his childhood. How much of an effect did this abuse have on Joey? Do you believe some of his problems are related to this abuse? Why or why not? Do you think, had he not had these experiences, he would still have a problem with hyperactivity? Why?

Grandmother herself has a problem with hyperactivity disorder, as does Carter, his father. Grandma is abusive and cruel to people, while Carter is an alcoholic. Do you believe these character's problems might be related to their own hyperactivity disorder? Why or why not? Does knowing that they have this disorder help explain some of their behaviors? Does it excuse them? Why or why not?

Discuss the idea of medicating children like Joey. Do you believe medication can help ADHD children? Why or why not? Do you think the medication in today's society...

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This section contains 442 words
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Purchase our Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Study Guide
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