My Friend Flicka Questions and Answers
by Mary O'Hara

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In My Friend Flicka, Ken changes from an immature dreamer to a responsible boy in the course of one summer. Do you think this is convincing? Why or why not? Relate this change either to another book about coming of age or to personal experience.

Ken’s development is convincing because O’Hara’s descriptive prose and use of various in-depth perspectives make it seem natural. In addition, Ken is at an age and in a season in which it is common for kids to change. Ken’s change is similar to Charlie’s change in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Charlie is also a young boy who goes through lots of changes and identity development in a short period of time.

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The ways Ken changes over the course of one summer in My Friend Flicka is worth questioning. You of course will have your own opinions on whether or not it was convincing. However, O’Hara’s use of detailed descriptions and multiple in-depth perspectives helps support an argument that Ken’s change is convincing.

It is also noteworthy that Ken is young. While adults might not change so drastically in the course of a summer, kids’ senses of self and perspectives on the world rapidly change with each...

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