Study questions

On this page, we suggest a number of study questions that can help you get started with your analysis of “We Can't Be Good at Everything” by Emma Sloley. On the following pages, you can read examples and explanations that can help you answer all of these questions.

Study questions about structure

How is William's balloon bursting a foreshadowing element in the story?

In what way is the ending an anticlimax for Miles?

Study questions about characters

How would you characterize Miles's relationship with his mother, Fenella?

Are you convinced by Miles's intention to be a better parent to his son, William, than his mother was to him?

Howe does he feel about Fenella's close relationship to William?

In what way might Miles be said to go through a development in the story?

What are Fenella's thoughts ...

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