1. Do you agree with Maniac that white is about the
most boring color of all? Explain your answer.
Possible Answer: I disagree with Maniac. He was able to
see many colors in the black people. He enjoyed all of the
variations of browns. I also am able to see many variations in
white people. I also enjoy and appreciate them as well. I do
not think white is the most boring color of all.
2. What does the old man mean when he says
to Maniac? "You go home to your own kind." Do you agree
with this statement? Why or why not?
Possible Answer: I disagree with the old man. I live in a
city where many different colors of people all live together. We
do not live on separate sides of the city. I don't think it is
right to have certain parts of a city where only one color or race of
people can live.
3. Explain what is meant by the following: Amanda
didn't understand that most of the hurt he felt was not for himself but
for her and the rest of the family?
Possible Answer: Maniac was more worried about the Beale family
than he was about himself. I think he is used to hurt and
disappointment. He loves the Beale family very much and doesn't
want them to suffer because of him. He knows that eventually they
will be hurt in many different ways because they have allowed him to
become part of their family.
4. Why do you think the worried Mr. and Mrs.
Beale did not stop Amanda when she went looking for Maniac?
Possible Answer: Mr. and Mrs. Beale were also very worried
about Maniac. They wanted him to return as much as Amanda
did. I don't think it was right that they let her go because
something bad could have happened to her.
5. Maniac was able to until Cobbler's Knot.
This was something many had tried to do but were all unsuccessful.
Compare this to something you have done that was a great accomplishment.
Possible Answer: One of my greatest accomplishments was winning
first place in the school district math competition. I had to
compete with about 250 kids. This was a great time in my life -
even though I'm very good at math!