Directions: Complete the following analysis questions. Full sentences must be used.
- What is Connie’s “American Dream” and how does she experience disillusionment?
- Connie attempts to show she is older than she really is through a variety of ways. Identify three ways that she does this and explain why she is trying so hard to act like an adult.
- What is significant about the name “Arnold Friend?”
- What does the story say about physical beauty and the way it is regarded by society?
- Why does Connie consider, even briefly, going for a ride with Arnold Friend?
- Characterize how Connie is portrayed as the story begins and how she is portrayed as it ends. How has Connie changed?
- Many scholars believe that Arnold Friend is representative of an evil entity (a demon or Satan). Many others believe he is simply an evil person. What do you think?
- What is significant about Arnold’s friend Ellie? (What purpose do you think he serves in the story?)
- Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
- Why does Arnold Friend target Connie and not another girl? How has her culture, beliefs, and/or actions shaped her to attract such a person?
- What do you think the numbers on Arnold Friend’s car mean? Why do you think this?