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What is the significance of including the Screen Writers Guild, especially at its most tumultuous time?

Compare and contrast the female characters in the novel. What do they represent in the author's exploration of the time?

Why is love used as Sammy's weakness and Al's strength?

Discuss the author's choice to include factual information and references from this period. Include support from relevant factual sources.

Compare and contrast Al and his brother Israel. How different are they?

Is Al free of his obsession with Sammy when the story ends?

Are any of the other characters interested in Sammy or is it Al that encourages the obsession?

Is there an implication of whether "Old Hollywood" or "New Hollywood" will prevail?

Laurette Harrington represents Sammy's fear; meeting his match. Explore the role of fear in the novel.

There are many references to the Jewish culture; what is the significance...

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