Recoil Topics for Discussion

James Thompson
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Is Pat Cosgrove a believable character? What aspects of his characterization make him seem like a real person?

Imagine yourself in Madeline Flournoy's position - what would you do? Split one million dollars with Bill Hardesty or double-cross him in to be with Pat Cosgrove?

Discuss the super-patriotic and un-American sentiments presented in the text by Fanning Arnholt's group the National Phalanx. How did the real "Red Scare" alter American literature?

Lila Luther is physically perfect and markedly beautiful, yet Pat Cosgrove falls in love with Madeline Flournoy. Why do you think Pat prefers Madeline to Lila?

In the biggest mistake in the narrative, Bill Hardesty hands his gun to Pat Cosgrove and assumes that Pat will murder Doc and then flee the area. Instead, pat turns the gun on both Hardesty and Doc and surrenders both of them to the police. Discuss Hardesty's poor...

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