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1. Are you a hiker? If so, relate an experience you had to those in "Across the Chilkoot." If you are not a hiker, was there anything in this essay that made you think about strapping on the boots one day?

2. Do you think many of the individual sections of the story "Trespassing" work on their own? Discuss the effect of stringing these short sections together to make a longer story, as was done here.

3. What are the characteristics of a glazed girl in "Where the Glazed Girls Go"?

4. Discuss the use of the hearts in the trunk as metaphor in "Hearts Half Off."

5. Do you think "Body of Work" follows more of a traditional storyline than a contemporary one? If so, what are the differences between these two types of storytelling.