English Final- American History short story

English Final- American History short story

What is it that causes Eugene’s mom to treat Elena so badly?
Elena and her family are immigrants and at that time immigrants were very looked down upon. Eugene’s mother didn’t want her son talking to an immigrant girl.
What is the theme of American History? Explain.
The theme is personal tragedy. While the adults of El Building come together to grieve the loss of their beloved president while Elena is forced to endure the loss of her friendship with her only friend by herself. She says she tried to feel the right feeling for President Kennedy’s assanation but the only tears that came up were for herself.
Who is Elena?
A 14 year old Puerta-Rican American who lives in a rundown building of El Building with her immigrant family.
Who is Eugene?
Eugene is a young blond hair boy from Georgia who Elena watches every night from her window. Also he is Elena’s friend.
Why is Eugene living in Paterson, New Jersey?
His father’s job transferred him there.
Where and when does this story take place?
Patterson, New Jersey on November 22, 1963