Group #1: What are the main conflicts in “Silent Dancing”? Group #2: “Silent Dancing” ends with the question “Who is the New Year’s Fool this time?” Why is this an effective ending? Group #3: Do you think that as a boy the author of “A Clack of Tiny Sparks” considered Theresa Sanchez an ally or an enemy? Why? Group #4: Analyze the metaphor “a clack of tiny sparks.” How does it fit into the essay? Group #5: According to Meghan Daum, dolls are “part of a larger semiotic equation.” What does that mean? Group #6: What is so constricting about childhood, according to Meghan Daum?