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Ideas for Reports and Papers

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Study a map of Pennsylvania. Find all the references to geographic places in the book (the Sckuylkill and Valley Forge, for example). Can you identify the towns and compute or estimate some of the distances that Maniac ran?

2. Near the end of the book, Mars Bar offers to let Maniac live with him, and Maniac refuses. Then, Amanda orders him home with her. Write another chapter that might have occurred if he had gone with Mars Bar or a chapter about when he goes to Amanda's.

3. Critics have classified Maniac Magee as realistic fiction, legend, a morality play, and partly myth. Research the characteristics of each of these types of literature, and decide how you would classify the book. Support your answer with specific references to characteristics that match the book.

4. Amanda, John McNab, Mars Bar, and Grayson all befriend Maniac....

(The entire section is 289 words.)