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A Summer's Reading study questions part 1
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What is the setting of the story?
The story takes place in a poor, hot, stony, immigrant neighbourhood.
What are we told about George's family?
George's mother has died and they are poor. His father works in a fish market and his sister, Sophie, works in a cafeteria in the Bronx.
How does George spend his time?
He spends time in his room, has coffee by himself, cleans the flat, listens to the ball game, reads old copies of the World Almanac, reads newspapers (the News and the Mirror).
What does George dream about in the park at night?
He dreams about having a good job, living in a private house, having dough in his pocket and a girl to go with.
Why doesn't George go back to school?
He felt that the teachers didn't respect him and he thought he would be too old.
Why can't George ask a girl out on a date?
He has no money.
What kinds of things do George and Sophie read? Are they the same?
Sophie reads old books, newspapers and magazines like George. Sometimes she reads good books.
Why do you think George saves the park till last?
The park is not in his neighbourhood. It is dark, quiet and a place where he can dream of a better life.
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