Compare a story or novel by Charles Johnson to a work of fiction by his mentor, John Gardner. In what ways are the two writers similar and different?
How does Johnson use the tradition of African American folk tales?
Discuss how philosophy underlies the themes of a novel by Johnson.
Compare Johnson’s treatment of African American life in two works of fiction. In what ways does the treatment differ?
With Faith and Isaac in Faith and the Good Thing, how is Johnson contrasting different attitudes toward African American heritage?
In Middle Passage, how are the ship and the sea metaphors for Johnson’s themes?
How is Middle Passage thematically similar to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851)?