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Johnny Tremain

Johnny Tremain


by Esther Forbes

Johnny Tremain Questions

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  1. Some chapters span a couple of months, while others cover only a few days. How does this inconsistent pacing affect our reading of the novel?
  2. Other than Johnny, Cilla is the only character who is present for almost the entire novel. How would the story be different if it were told from Cilla's perspective?
  3. As a novel that deals with the birth of a new nation, Johnny Tremain addresses concerns about the future, but the past is also shown to be a powerful force. How is the tension between past and future manifested in Johnny's life?
  4. Many characters are historic figures who have taken on larger-than-life personas in American history. How do the images of people like Paul Revere and Sam Adams in popular culture affect our understanding of their characters in the book?
  5. Many British characters are sympathetic, which means the author intends for the reader to like them. How does this affect the reader's feelings about the rebellion?
  6. If you could be one character for a day, whose shoes would you step into? Why?
  7. Does Johnny Tremain remain relevant in the twenty-first century? Do the ideals of liberty expressed in the novel apply to more recent wars as well as to World War II?

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