“The Glass Roses” Total: /27 by Alden Nowlan Name: ________________________ 1. What qualities does Leka possess that differ from Stephen’s father? Why does Stephen like Leka? (4 marks) 2. Why does Leka remain nameless throughout most of the story? (1 mark) 3. What is the definition of “manhood” according to Stephen’s father? Why does Stephen feel he is disappointing his father throughout this story? Please include two quotes to support your answers. (4 marks) 4. Who do you think is the stronger man, Leka, Stephen’s father, or Stephen? Why? (2 marks) 5. What two false assumptions do the men make about Leka? If these assumptions were both true, would the story be affected? Please explain. (2 marks) 6. What is the meaning of Stephen’s final action? What other action does this parallel in the story? (2 marks) 7. It is relevant that “The Glass Roses” is set in a remote lumber camp, isolated from the mainstream of society and especially from the feminine influence of mothers, sisters, and wives. Discuss Alden Nowlan’s purpose in creating this setting for the story. (2 marks) 8. Three worlds are described in the story, each carrying symbolic significance: a) Suppose the world outside the bunkhouse symbolizes society, the world of others into which the young Stephen must emerge as an adult. Discuss what this world would be like for Stephen, basing your judgments on descriptions of this outside setting throughout the story. (2 marks) b) Suppose the world inside the bunkhouse symbolizes Stephen’s unformed individuality. Select details of the setting inside the bunkhouse that suggest Stephen’s as yet unrefined self. (2 marks) c) Suppose that the rich world of Leka’s memory symbolizes the power of the imagination to turn the hardships of experience in to human strength. Discuss the function of the description of the glass roses in developing this idea. How might the description of an ancient city and of a cathedral with spires and domes work to develop this idea (428). Discuss whether the description of Leka’s brother who, as a cavalryman, wore red epaulettes and a sabre and was not much good against tanks,””also works to develop this idea, and if so, how?(427) (2 marks) 9. Please examine the quotes below and explain what inferences can be made in relation to theme, character development and symbolism (4 marks). a) “Enviously he studied their faintly humped backs and ox-like shoulders. He thought despairingly of his own willowy fifteen-year-old body”(424). b) “The Polack chuckled. He had such nightmares almost every night, but the fear seemed to leave him as soon as he was wholly awake” (425). c) “There ain’t no room for kids in the pulp woods”and “There is not much room in the world for glass roses”(425). d) “Ï was only eight years old when I saw Cracow. My oldest brother was in the cavalry. He had red things on his shoulders – epaulettes-he was killed the first day of the war, my brother”(427).