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1. Where is the story set? Do you think that having a setting adds to the story? Defend your answer.

2. Dinah repeatedly complains about the darkness at Seven Birches. Is it really darkness? What does she actually mean?

3. Who survives the fire and why? What happens to Wobbles? (Hint: Grrrrr.)

4. Of the three kinds of conflict--man vs. man, man vs. nature, and man vs. himself--which kinds are in evidence here? (Note: the Ape Maiden vs. killer ants counts as man vs. nature.)

5. When Squiffy decides to kick Lars, something unexpected follows. What? Kick someone larger than yourself and describe what follows. Be specific.

6. What famous character does Brannigan resemble? Consider his miraculous powers, his death at the Cross Club and his resurrection in Dr. Easter's clinic. Defend your answer.

7. Discuss the perfectly good reasons someone might have for shooting another person, especially in the unorthodox way that Dinah does. Make a list of people whom you know are bucking for just such treatment. You may include people from newspaper headlines as well as family members and friends.

8. What is it with Dinah? Be specific.

9. If this story were a pie, what flavor would it be? If it were a pie that happened to be able to speak, what kind of story would that pie likely tell? If it were a pie that could talk but something were terribly wrong, maybe something psychosomatic, and it just didn't, or wouldn't, talk, what kind of thing might be done to that pie to encourage or even force it to talk? Think before answering.

10. Defend yourself. (Extra Credit Project.)

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RIO said:

9. If this story were a pie, what flavor would it be? If it were a pie that happened to be able to speak, what kind of story would that pie likely tell? If it were a pie that could talk but something were terribly wrong, maybe something psychosomatic, and it just didn't, or wouldn't, talk, what kind of thing might be done to that pie to encourage or even force it to talk? Think before answering.

ROFL:D
 
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