Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing

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(Short Stories for Students)

Why does Jerry not tell his mother the reason why he wants water goggles? How does his silence on this matter contrast with his interactions with his mother at the beginning of the story?

Do you think that Jerry's determination in achieving his goal is healthy? Why or why not?

By the end of the story, how has Jerry changed? How does Lessing describe the boy's behavior in the beginning of the story in comparison to his behavior at the end?