Choose 1 of the following.
- Why do you think - as Alexie asserts - that Indians accepted only other Indians who failed? Defend your position.
- In paragraph 7, Alexie deliberately uses a number of short, simple sentences. What effect is he trying to achieve?
- "Many are writing thier own poems, short stories, and novels. They have read my books. They have read many other books. They look at me with bright eyes and arrogant wonder. They are trying to save their lives. Then there are the sullen and already defeated Indian kids who sit in the back rows and ignore me with theatrical precision. The pages of their notebooks are empty. They carry neither pencil nor pen. They stare out the window. They refuse and resist. 'Books,' I say to them. 'Books,' I say. I throw my weight against their locked doors. The door holds. I am smart. I am arrogant. I am lucky. I am trying to save our lives." - Respond to this. And be sure to address his repetition of the notion and effect
- What is the effect of Alexie’s analogy of a paragraph to a fence? (para. 3)
- What does Alexie mean when he describes “an Indian boy” who “grows into a man who often speaks of his childhood in the third-person” (para. 5)?
- This eight-paragraph essay is divided into two distinct sections. Why? What effect is he trying to achieve?
- Discuss Alexie's use of parallel structure and repetition in the last two paragraphs.