56 pages 1 hour read

Susan Cain

Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole

Nonfiction | Book | Adult | Published in 2022

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Essay Topics


What is Cain’s purpose for using the anecdote of the cellist of Sarajevo as the Prelude to the book? How does it set up the book? Evaluate how effectively Cain achieves the purpose.


Cain begins Chapter 1 with a personal anecdote. What is the purpose behind its inclusion? Evaluate her true intention here.


Cain relies on questions for the book’s chapter and part titles. How would you classify this strategy and is it effective? Why or why not?