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I Am the Cheese

I Am the Cheese


by Robert Cormier

I Am the Cheese Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Which characters in I Am the Cheese are real and which are imagined? Can we really be sure?
  2. Shakespeare's Juliet famously asked, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose,/ By any other name would smell as sweet." If you change your name, are you still the same person? Are Paul Delmonte and Adam Farmer one and the same?
  3. Who the stink is Brint? Is he good? Is he bad? Is he ugly?
  4. Could this story be told from the point of view of another character? How would it be different?
  5. This is heavy, but would you want to continue living if you couldn't remember who you were?
  6. Which narrative point of view is most compelling in this story: first person present, third person past, or the transcript?
  7. Think about the people you interact with the most. What are their most prominent characteristics? How might they treat you on a journey through your own mind?
  8. How would this story be different if Adam had been walking, or on a train, instead of on a bike?

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