1. In Chapter 44, Mars Bar rescues Russell McNab from the trolley trestle as Maniac runs away. What would have happened if Mars Bar had not been with Maniac? Rewrite the incident from this perspective.
2. During the novel, Maniac is homeless at different times. Using community resources, research the homeless population where you live. What can be done to assist the homeless in your area?
3. Choose one of the main characters — Maniac, Amanda, Mars Bar, or John McNab — and write about the character's life as you imagine it will be five years after the story ends.
4. What would it take to desegregate Two Mills? Write a letter to a congressman of Two Mills telling why Two Mills ought to be desegregated. Outline your plan for desegregation.