Alexie, Sherman.  Excerpt from “Superman and Me.” The Los Angeles Times, 1998.

Some Optional Reading Questions

1.  Why this title?

2. Analyze and discuss Alexie’s writing style in this essay.  What do you notice about Alexie’s word choice, i.e., diction, in this essay?  Choose three examples from the text to support each observation.

3. In this essay, Alexie compares paragraphs to fences. Do you believe paragraphs function in some ways as fences? Why or why not? How do you conceive of paragraphs?

4. What do you notice about paragraph four?  Why do you think Alexie introduces the changes he does in that paragraph?  What may be their significance in the context of the essay as a whole.