Today we read a short story by Sherman Alexie, called "This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona." This story goes back and forth in time as it explores a significant event in the life of two young men who live on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation in Plummer, Idaho.
Read the story here.
After reading the story, answer the following questions. Use complete sentences, and respond fully (i.e., several sentences) to each question. You may write the answers by hand or type them; if you type, you can save directly to my inbox or print in the library for ten cents a page. If you don't finish this in class, it is homework.
1. Find examples where Victor fits in and does not fit into society smoothly. List these examples by copying the first half dozen words of the quotation. Explain your answers (that is, why these are examples of him fitting in/not fitting in) with support from the text.
2. Describe the two main characters in terms of their personalities, behaviors, and backgrounds. Do they seem to be polar opposites, or do they complement one another?
3. Find examples where Thomas fits in and does not fit into society smoothly. List these examples by copying the first half dozen words of the quotation. Explain your answers (that is, why these are examples of him fitting in/not fitting in) with support from the text.
4. Use the internet to determine how far Victor and Thomas travel, in total, in this story. How does the landscape differ on their journey?
5. Is Victor a "bad friend"? How does their friendship differ on their journey, and why?
6. What is your personal reaction to this story? Consider things you learned, new perspectives, connections to your own life/experiences/relationships, or just your "gut reaction." Please do not just say "I liked it" or "I didn't like it" -- this should be a developed thought of multiple sentences.