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Contender Teaching Unit
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- Describe the setting for the story.
- Which incident in the novel marks the climax of the story?
- James and Alfred are childhood friends, but they take different paths as young men. What are some of the factors in the lives of each of these young men which might account for this difference?
- In what sense are Henry and James similar? What does Henry do that surprises James?
- For what reasons does Aunt Pearl both approve and disapprove of Alfred’s decision to learn to fight?
- Discuss the ways Mr. Donatelli, Mr. Epstein, and Spoon all act as mentors for Alfred. In what way might Alfred become a mentor himself?
- Who is the antagonist in the story? To what extent is Alfred able to resist this influence?
- Cite incidents from the story to support the idea that this is a coming-of-age story for Alfred. Discuss whether or not it is also a coming-of-age story for Henry.
- Find examples of each of the following literary devices in the story: simile, metaphor, personification, allusion, symbol, foreshadowing, theme.
- Discuss the significance of the title and whether or not Alfred becomes “a contender” by the end of the story.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.