The Summer of the Swans Essay & Project Ideas

Betsy Byars
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1. Discuss the devices the author uses to heighten the conflict in the story.

2. Two of the novel's important themes are the teen-ager's ability to act maturely and the need to treat the mentally disabled with compassion and respect.

Choose one of these themes and discuss how Byars develops it.

3. Cite sections of the novel that are humorous. Why do you think the author introduces humor in so serious a plot?

Do you think that this is an effective device?

4. What incidents cause Sara to grow up this particular summer? Has any specific incident in your life caused you to change? Write about one incident that changed your life.

5. Do you like the way the author shifts the point of view from Sara's to Charlie's? What effect does relating the thoughts and feelings of both characters have on the story?

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