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Stepping on the Cracks
by Mary Downing Hahn
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1.What do you know about what it was like to live in the United States during World War II?
2.Who do you identify with most in this story? (Elizabeth? Margaret? Gordy? Another character?)
3.Describe Gordy Smith. Are there bullies like that in your school? Did your opinion of Gordy change?
4.How did Margaret change throughout the course of the story? What are some differences between Margaret and her friend Elizabeth?
5.How would you feel if your brother or sister was away at war? If you were in Margaret or Elizabeth's position, would you be inclined to help someone like Stuart?
6.Why is Stuart hiding instead of fighting? Does that make him a coward? Why or why not? Is Margaret a coward?
7.Margaret's mother is unaware of her worries and problems. Is that typical of parents?
8.Should someone have helped the Smiths? What could they have done?
9.What is the meaning of the title?
10.What kinds of effects can war have on people, not only on the battlefields but also on the home front?
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