H ORATIO A LGER Horatio Alger, a New Englander raised as a Puritan, gave up the pulpit and won fame and fortune writing over 100 stories for young people. The Horatio Alger novels, which sold over 20 million copies, describe an America where even the poorest of boy, if virtuous, can go from rags to riches. Below are brief synopses of some of Alger’s novels excerpted from A.L. Burt’s Catalogue of Books for Young People . 1. What are some of the characteristics of the heroes in Alger’s books? 2. What is the usual reward for the hero? 3. What are some contemporary examples of heroes or heroines that resemble the “Horatio Alger-type”? Name: _______________________________________ Period: _________ Date: _____________________ U.S. History & Government 11R Mr. Gallucci Directions: Read the following segments and answer the questions that follow. Tom the Bootblack , or The Road to Success A bright, enterprising lad was Tom the Bootblack. He was not at all ashamed of his humble calling, though
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