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Taking Sides. Gary Soto. Study Questions. Please write a one-paragraph response for each of the numbered questions below:

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taking sides

Taking Sides

Gary Soto

study questions
Study Questions

Please write a one-paragraph response for each of the numbered questions below:

1. What was your first impression of this work (novel, play, nonfiction)? Why? Give specific examples from the work to illustrate your points. (You may want to respond to this after your first reading session.)

2. PLOT: What are the most significant incidents in the story told by this work? (Do not summarize the entire story.)

Who/what elements are involved in the main conflict? What is the main conflict? What event serves as the climax of the story?

3. CHARACTER: Choose a character you like particularly well. Choose another character, one you dislike. Clearly identify each of the characters and explain your feelings about each one. Support your opinions with specifics from the work.

4. WRITER’S STYLE: What is the overall mood of this work (sad, humorous, exciting, entertaining, informative, depressing, etc.)? Describe the writer’s style (word choice and sentence structure, organization of the work): is it difficult, easy, interesting, unusual, plain, complicated, etc.? Support your opinion.

5. Overall, what feelings/emotions did this reading evoke? Using quotation marks and giving page number(s), quote a brief passage that made you feel that way. (Keep this in mind as you read; you may want to make note of specific passages.) Would you recommend this work to theirs? Give your reasons.