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A Summer's Reading - Revision
Terms in this set (28)
1.Who are the main characters in the story?
George and Mr. Cattanzara
2. Who are the minor characters?
George's father, his sister Sophie and Mrs Cattanzara
3.What are their relationships to each other?
These are two families living in the same neighborhood. They have known each other many years.
4. Who is the author?
5.Where and when does the story take place?
In a poor neighborhood in New York City, in the early 1950s.
6.Why does George spend most of his days in his room?
He quit school and is unemployed, so he has nowhere special to go. He doesn't want to hang out in the streets because he wants people to respect him.
7. What does he do all day? Why?
He occasionally reads cheap magazines, listens to the radio or straightens up the flat, but mostly he just sits in his room.
8.Why did George leave school and how did he feel about it?
He left school on an impulse because he ran out of patience. He didn't like feeling in school that the teachers disrespected him.
9.Why doesn't he go to summer school?
He would be older than the other students.
10.Describe a typical night in George's life./ How does G. usually spend his night?
He goes for long walks and usually ends up in a small park. There he daydreams about the life he would like to have.
11.Describe George's family: mother, father and Sophie.
George's sister is tall and bony. She works long hours in a cafeteria. George's father is a quiet man. He works long hours in a fish market. His mother is dead.
12.Describe the neighbourhood.
Poor, crowded and rundown with tall buildings with flats over stores. it is without any plants or trees.
13.Describe Mr. Cattanzara.
A bit fat, bald. He works in a change booth in the subway. He reads an important newspaper daily and seems to always know what is happening. He sometimes comes home drunk, but a quiet drunk.
/What lies does George tell and to whom?
George lies to Mr Cattanzara and to Sophie. To both George says he is reading a lot. He also tells Mr Cattanzara that he is waiting for work.
16.Why does he give this answer instead of telling the truth?
He is embarrassed that he doesn't do anything worthwhile and he wants them to respect him.
17.What does George read? What does Mr. Cattanzara read?
George reads tabloids while Mr Cattanzara reads the New York Times, a respected newspaper..
18.How does George spend his evenings and nights?
19.What does he dream about in the park ? Why does he go there?
He goes to the park because it is separate from his neighborhood and very secluded. He daydreams about the life he would like to have.
20.Who is Mr. Cattanzara ?/ How does he earn a living?
Mr Cattanzara is a man from the neighborhood. He works in a change booth on the subway.
21.How does Mr. Cattanzara spend his free time?
Mr Cattanzara reads the entire New York Times every night. Occasionally, he gets drunk in the evening.
22.Why does George like Mr. Cattanzara?
He seems different from everybody else in the neighborhood and seems to know what is going on in the world.
23.What does Mr. Cattanzara ask George? What does he answer?
Mr Cattanzara asks George what he is doing with himself these days and George tells him that he is reading good books from the library.
25.What is the reaction of the people in the neighbourhood to George after his meeting with Mr. Cattanzara?
George feels as if people are treating him better and with more respect.
26.To what factor does George attribute this change of attitude?
George thinks Mr Cattanzara told everyone that he is reading good books and that the people in the neighborhood respect him for it.
27.How does Sophie act towards him now?
Sophie starts to be kinder towards him and gives him a dollar a week.
32.Why did George go to the library? Do you think he will begin to read?
How are George and Sophie different?
Sophie is hard working, takes care of the house and works full time. She is practical, thinks about things like where are the books George is supposed to be reading. George, on the other hand, does very little and seems to live in his daydreams without considering how he can achieve his goals.
What are George's expectations of himself? Does he live up to them? Why? How does he feel about this?
George wants a life where he has a good job, has a girlfriend or a wife and most importantly he wants people to respect him. However, he does not do anything to achieve these goals. This makes George feel depressed and guilty.