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    Directions: Complete the following analysis questions. Full sentences must be used.

     

    1. What is Connie’s “American Dream” and how does she experience disillusionment?




    1. 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.




    1. What is significant about the name “Arnold Friend?”




    1. What does the story say about physical beauty and the way it is regarded by society?




    1. Why does Connie consider, even briefly, going for a ride with Arnold Friend?




    1. Characterize how Connie is portrayed as the story begins and how she is portrayed as it ends. How has Connie changed?







    1. 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?




    1. What is significant about Arnold’s friend Ellie? (What purpose do you think he serves in the story?)




    1. 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?




    1. 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?




    1. What do you think the numbers on Arnold Friend’s car mean? Why do you think this?