NONFICTION ANALYSIS Please answer the following questions about the book you have selected. TOPIC(S) and/or EVENT(S) 1. As we have discussed in class, a book is said to be nonfiction if its content is based on facts or events. What is your book about? 2. Why did your author choose to write about this topic, person or event? 3. Why did you choose this book? What about the book sustained your interest once you began? 4. Did you find the book realistic? Did the people/events you read about remind you of people/events in your own life? Why or why not? PEOPLE 1. Since this book is nonfiction, and your author didn’t have the freedom to create characters, s/he must have had a good reason to write about the people in the book. What reasons can you think of? 2. Describe two or three people from the book. What do they look like? How do they act? 3. What about these people makes them interesting enough to write about? STYLE 1. Did the author use any tools from fiction writing (such as foreshadowing or symbolism), or did the author use a journalistic style? Support your answer with an example. 2. Does the author use lengthy descriptions of places and people, or does s/he focus more on action or dialogue? 3. What tools does the author use to demonstrate tone and create a mood? 4. What do you think the author’s attitude was toward the subject, or the characters, or the audience (i.e., you)? What is your evidence? 5. What resources (newspaper articles, interviews, historical documents, e.g.) does the author use to provide evidence? ENDURING MEMORY Write a paragraph in which you describe the one or two ideas from this book that you expect to remember for a long time. Explain your choices and their importance, and support your points with details from the book.
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