Study questions

On this page, we suggest a number of study questions that can help you get started with your analysis of “Neutral Buoyancy” by J.R. McConvey. On the following pages, you can read examples and explanations that can help you answer all of these questions.

Study questions about composition

How can we see that the short story begins in medias res?

How does the story build suspense?

What does the ending reveal about Jetta?

Study questions about the main character

What characterizes Jetta - and how can we see this in the text?

How does she feel about the other people in the pool - and what does this tell us about Jetta?

In what ways can we see that the daily swimming is very important to her?

How does the text hint that Jetta might suffer from an eating disorder

Study questions about


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