Sierra BoothENC11021-17-20171.Title of short story and year written:A & P, 19612.Author and years lived:John Updike, 76 years3.Historical, Political, and/or cultural events/experiences that influenced or inspired the authors views during the time the story was written:I think a small crush from when he was a teenage boy lead to him writing this short story.4.Central Characters:Sammy- The narrator. Sammy is a nineteen-year-old boy working the checkout line at an A&P in a small New England town. When three girls come into the store wearing only bathing suits, he closely watches them and is excited when the three girls choose his checkout line. Sammy’s manager gives the teenage girls a hard time for wearing their bathing suits, so Sammy quits his job, hoping to impress them, and is then filled with foreboding about the future.Queenie- A teenage girl who enters the A&P in her bathing suit and is nicknamed “Queenie” by Sammy. Queenie, the attractive leader of the three girls, rouses Sammy’s desire from the minute he sees her. When the store manager gives her a hard time for wearing her a bathing suit in the store, she defends herself by saying she needs to buy snacks for her mother.Lengel - The manager of the A&P. Lengel is a by-the-books manager, as well as a Sunday-school teacher.