Thursday, July 17, 2008

JTB-DQ ~ Book V ~ Quiet Days

18. Why did Jim feel such a strong sense of rivalry toward Penn? What about their pasts and their families' pasts gave them a special bond?

19. Jim has moments of selfishness. How does he begin to take responsibility for his actions as he grows older?

20. **SPOILER** (Don't read this question if you haven't read Book V ~ Quiet Days.) "Penn had polio. The sheriff ... nailed up quarantine notices" (p. 172). Having polio felt like a death penalty to people in the 1930s and 1940s, and I remember not being allowed to swim in a public pool for several summers of my childhood. Polio ruined lives ... and sometimes took lives. If you don't have any stories about polio, see what you can find out about President Franklin D. Roosevelt's polio. News photographers were careful to take pictures when FDR was sitting or already propped up at a microphone.

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