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1. Adolescent drug use and suicide seem to have replaced juvenile delinquency as a concern in the eyes of adults. Research adolescent social problems of the 1950s and 1960s and report on how conditions have changed and why.

2. Many books and articles were written during the 1960s about gangs...

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1. Adolescent drug use and suicide seem to have replaced juvenile delinquency as a concern in the eyes of adults. Research adolescent social problems of the 1950s and 1960s and report on how conditions have changed and why.

2. Many books and articles were written during the 1960s about gangs and delinquency. Write an essay in which you compare and contrast the "experts'" opinions with Bonham's attitude in the novel.

3. Many novels, plays, or biographies revolve around a young man or woman who must battle against his or her environment in order to achieve success. Compare or contrast Rufus's "battle" with a similar character from another literary work or a biography.

4. In the afterword to Durango Street, Bonham notes that many authorities believe that racial discrimination is a major factor in the creation of gangs. Discuss how prejudice and discrimination influence young people. Refer to biographies, fiction, or real events.

5. Summarize Alex Robbins's philosophy about dealing with street gangs. Do you agree with it? Would this approach be effective today?

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