The Body of Christopher Creed

by Carol Plum-Ucci
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1. Use death as a metaphor to describe how a person moves from naivety to understanding. Though it is possible that no physical death occurred in the novel, consider what kinds of metaphorical deaths did.

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2. It can be said that this novel focuses largely on Torey's search for the truth about what happened to Christopher Creed. Use Torey's search for Christopher as an extended metaphor to explain Torey's true search, and discuss the novel as both a mystery and a coming- of-age novel.

3. Think about how Plum-Ucci creates a legend and makes Christopher a legendary hero. Discuss how authors can use legend to help build credible characters.

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4. Think about how Bo is treated at the police station. Write a paper on the juvenile justice system and explain the reasons juvenile delinquents might repeat their offenses.

5. Parents and teachers often criticize the practice of labeling kids as hyperactive, learning impaired, or gifted and talented. Consider how this practice occurs in the novel and in real life situations, and discuss the ways labeling can be harmful or counterproductive.

6. Discuss the significance of Leandra's Bible story about the rich man who died and went to hell because he was heartless to the poor, then compare this story to the story of Digger Haines and use both stories to discuss the significance of history and legend.

7. Using one of the characters in the book as an example, explain how authors must create characters with a combination of good and bad qualities in order to make them credible. Compare these "real" characters with characters from fairy tales who appear to be embodiments of either good or evil.

8. The nature versus nurture controversy has been used repeatedly to develop theories of human behavior. Think about Torey's behavior and beliefs and the behavior and beliefs of Bo. To what extent do you think heredity impacts a person's development and to what extent do you think environment impacts it?

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