1. Using the elements of short stories, compare two coming of age stories that we read (and I assigned). How is the process different in the two stories? What is similar, or universal, in the telling of these coming of age stories? 2. Using the lens of New Historicism, discuss how the context and influence of the time period in which the story was written have shaped one of the stories we read. 3. Make an argument identifying a theme in a single short story.

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