This comprehensive study guide (over 17,000 words) is the result of extensive research. It aims to support reflective reading, not to replace it. Includes:
1. Teacher's introduction;
2. Detailed, original introduction for students including: genre, narrative voice, an annotated list of characters, themes, social background to the Beat generation, etc., etc.;
3. Each chapter is given a helpful commentary followed by guiding questions (71 in all). The questions encourage readers to a deeper understanding of the background, themes, and characters of the text. They are designed to stimulate thought, discussion and interpretation, not to test, and can be used for self-study, homework, group discussion in class, jigsaw groups, formal presentations, written answers, etc. (Answers are not provided; the students will find the answers in the novel);
4. Discussion ideas on the controversial nature of this text;
5. Ideas for groupings for classroom discussion, feedback, and presentation.