Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo by John Varley

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. In what ways does Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo echo the early 1980s debate about AIDS? Does Varley offer any suggestions for how to treat people with the disease?
2. How accurate is Varley's depiction of how public officials behave when faced with a moral crisis?

3. Analyze the characterization of Charlie. Varley has set himself the task of making her both a believable seven year-old child and a believable thirty-seven year-old woman. What techniques does he use to accomplish this? How well does he succeed?

4. In what ways is Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo a literary tragedy? 5. What are Shetland Sheepdogs? Where do they originally come from? What makes one of these animals a superior show dog?