Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Topics for Discussion
by Joyce Carol Oates

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Topics for Discussion

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Read the 1966 Life magazine article, "The Pied Piper of Tucson," which inspired Oates's story, and compare the fictional and journalistic interpretations of the same event. How does each writer try to shape the reader's opinion through presentation of individuals, setting, and events?

2. What role does popular music of the 1960s play in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Does music continue to influence young people today in a similar or different manner?