Through the Tunnel Questions and Answers
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In “Through the Tunnel,” how does Jerry show growing maturity as he prepares for the swim through the tunnel?

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Once Jerry sets his mind to swimming through the tunnel like he saw the big boys do, he practices holding his breath and staying under water day after day.  This kind of meticulous practice provides evidence of his growing maturity.  After several days of going to the wild bay to practice, "He did not ask for permission [...] to go to his beach."  Children ask permission and wait for adults to grant...

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