Questions and Answers
Link for the story of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven: https://sites.duke.edu/writing20_23_f2011/files/2011/08/Alexie-Long-Ranger.pdf
1. What does the following conversation between the narrator of “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” and the policeman demonstrate: “You don’t fit the profile of the neighborhood.” “I wanted to tell him that I didn’t fit the profile of the country.” Why does the narrator not fit the profile of the neighborhood?
YouTube Link for Social capital: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTvbf1WVYFE
2. When the narrator of “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” tells his mother that he doesn’t know what to do with the rest of his life, he says that answer would be fine for most Indians but not for him. What kind of social capital do most Indians lack? What kind of social capital does the narrator have? Why prevents the narrator from making the most of the social capital he does have?
Link for the story of The Lesson: https://www.iupui.edu/~l105onln/docs/The_Lesson.pdf
3. When the children in “The Lesson” visit F.A.O. Schwartz the narrator says she is ashamed to walk into the story. Why is she ashamed?
4. After the children return home from their visit to F.A.O. Schwarz Sugar says, “…this is not much of a democracy if you ask me. Equal chance to pursue happiness means an equal crack at the dough.” Do you agree with her? Do you think people in this country have “an equal crack at the dough?” Why or why not? Provide an example to support your answer.
5. From your reading of “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” and “The Lesson” what kinds of people would you say work in 7 Elevens? What kinds of people shop in F.A.O. Schwarz? Is the difference between them only a question of income? Can you think of two different stores that you know that also demonstrate this divide in society?