Ideas for Reports and Papers
1. Unwanted pregnancies remain a major problem in the United States, despite several means of birth control. Why is this the case? Why are Sean and Liz faced with this problem?
2. Discuss the shifting narrative vision of My Darling, My Hamburger, considering the first-person documents and the third-person narration colored by the consciousnesses of the four major characters. How successful is this narrative approach in conveying Zindel's meaning?
3. Write an essay describing what Maggie has learned from her experiences with Liz, Sean, and Dennis.
4. Liz's stepfather is an unsympathetic character who contributes much to Liz's pain. What are the problems that stepchildren and stepparents often experience?
5. Zindel juxtaposes the text of the documentary Primitive Love with Maggie's and Dennis's monologues to emphasize the awkwardness of their relationship. Identify and discuss other instances of such juxtaposition in the novel. Is this an effective device?