Form small groups to address each of these sets of questions.
- What sort of “contract with the reader” is created early in each story? What expectations are likely in readers as a result of the way each story begins?
- Discuss the disadvantages of adding the sentence “And then she slowly blinked her third eye” to the end of each story. Why, specifically, would that probably be a poor choice?
- Which story uses setting more? How do you know? Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the approach to setting in each story.
- Describe the ratio of scene to summary in each story. Is there a range between scene and summary? If so, provide examples of extremes and middle ranges. How does each story control its presentation of time?
- What does each story do to hold a reader’s attention? What gives each story tension? Provide quotations to support your answers.