�Looking for Work� (Gary Soto) Questions by QEg9iD

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									“Looking for Work” (Gary Soto) Questions

1.) The narrator compares his family to the family in the TV show “Father Knows
Best.” Here is a description of the show: “It's telling that this family favorite began on
radio as Father Knows Best? When the show came to CBS in 1954, the question mark
disappeared. Contrary to popular opinion, however, Springfield, Ohio, insurance agent Jim
Anderson (Emmy winner Robert Young) doesn't have all the answers. He and his wife, Margaret
(fellow Emmy winner Jane Wyatt), come close, though. Were the show in production now,
Anderson wouldn't smoke, but Father Knows Best reflects the standards of its time--separate beds
and all. The sweet-natured pilot sets the tone when 14-year-old Bud (Billy Gray) frets about the
school dance until Jim arranges for his 17-year-old sister, Betty (Elinor Donahue), to show him
some steps. Other storylines revolve around community service and feeling needed, while
"Thanksgiving Day" offers a glimpse of Jim's imperfect side when he dismisses a poem written
by nine-year-old Kathy (Laurin Chapin), who overhears him; he realizes he was holding Kitten to
impossible standards. As Chapin notes in the bonus interview (in which Donahue also features),
the primary themes were cooperation and forgiveness. Naysayers can knock Father Knows Best
for being square, but it espouses timeless values. And who's to say the lingo wasn't hip for the
1950s? Colorful examples include "goobers," "criminy," "creepers," "knot-head," and "simply
utterly” (www.amazon.com).

How does this show (based on the description) seem different from the narrator’s own
family? Why do you think he wants his family to be like this one?




2.) Describe the setting of this story:




3.) What do you think the author meant from this line: “I had a nine-year-old’s vision of
wealth that would save us from ourselves”? Why did the narrator think his family needed
“saving”?




4.) How does the narrator’s dinner contrast with the dinner on the TV show “Leave It to
Beaver”?

								
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