Example research essay topic: After The First Death – 1,006 words

Book Notes Title: After The First Death Author:Robert Cormier Date Started: 02/06/00 Date Ended:03/06/00 Miro: Miro is a teen-age terrorist thatcame from another country know, in the story, astheir Homeland. Even Miro himself is uncertain ofhis age because during the training (Or as theycall it, school) age is not important. Te trainingis preparing them for terrorism. Miro is feelingless and has learned not to give in to the call ofnature.

For example: Things such as hunger,Restroom needs and most important sleep andtiredness. In the story Miro is a doubtful teenlooking for action.Artkin: Artkin is a very darkand dangerous man. He rescued Miro and his brotherfrom the refugee camps and took them to theschool. Artkin is very educated in the sense ofterrorism.

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He taught Miro everything he knows andis the leader of that specific team of FreedomFighters. His age and Identity is also unknownKate: Kate is the victim of the hijacking of thebus. She thinks that all of the terrorists aremonsters and don’t deserve to live.Kate has redhair and has freckles. She also has a very weakbladder and often urinates uncontrollably. Mirothinks that most American boys would find her tobe attractive.

Ben: Be is the son of one of thehead generals that are apart of the operation onstopping these terrorists. Later in the story Benis the one who is chosen to deliver a message tothe terrorist and doing so he barely escapesdeath. Because of that Ben and his father haven’tspoken for months and maybe even years.Alsobecause Ben told all the information to theterrorists he could no longer live with himself sohe committed suicide. There was no realdescription of Ben because the story was told fromhis point of view. Mark: Mark is bens father whofeels guilty for forcing Ben to deliver a messageto the terrorists and as a result Ben kills himself. At the end Ben and his father has a verydeep conversation but of course it is in Marksimagination. Mark is a General for a top-secretmilitary force.

He is part of a group know as FortDelta.He has a very secret life that he can notshare with his family. Antibee: Antibee is a verystrong and buff man. He is the watchful eye forthe group. He is very skillful at his work. Laterhe gets shot be one of the snipers in the woods.

Stroll: Stroll is the best driver in the country.He is African American and he is very quiet rarelyspeaks but when he dose it is very important. Mostof the tome he uses gestures instead of words.Sedeete: Sedeete is the leader of the FreedomFighters.He is even greater than Artkin.

Later heis captured and that was the downfall of theoperation. Raymond: Raymond is a little boy who ison the bus. He is the only child who truly knowswhat is going on because he is awake while all theother kids are asleep. And he also refuses to eatany of the drugged candy and as a result he hiskilled by Artkin. In my story there are twosettings one is in a dormitory of castle high andthe other is the bridge where the hijackers takethe bus.

Castle High is the high school where thekids of people that are involved with Fort Deltago. It is a very heavily secured area. That isalso the school that Bens father attended. Benroom is one of the biggest in the school becausethe fast that Bens dad is one of the Generals.

Myother setting is the bridge. The bridge is theplace where the hijackers take the bus full ofchildren.The bridge is fairly big. It is about300 yards, or as Miro describes it, 3 Americanfootball fields. The bridge has railroad tracks sothere are gaps in between the bridges floor.

Thereis also the bus which has taped up windows tounable the soldiers to see any ones face. Thestory starts off with Ben franticly typing on histype writer. He frequently stops and looks out thewindow waiting for his dad because this would bethe first time they had seen each other or evenspoken to each other since the bridge.While Benis waiting the story moves into the terroristspoint of view. The terrorists are standing in thecorner waiting for the last child to be picked upby the bus. When the last child is picked up theywill hijack the bus and take it to an abandonedbridge.

But as they stop the bus they notice thatthe bus driver is not the usually man who hateskids. Instead it is the mans niece. Instantlytheir plan is disrupted but they decide to treatthe girl the same way as they would to her uncle.Meanwhile Ben is still waiting for his father whohas yet to show up.

Ben promises him self that hewont do anything stupid until he discusses it withhis father. While Ben waits for his dad he isstill frantically typing his journal and thoughtsof the whole situation. Now the terrorist havehijacked the bus and gave the driver directions asto were she should go. The girl follows the ordersas given but tries to find some way to escape.When they reached the bridge Artkin, the leader ofthe group, instructs Miro, A teen apart of thegroup, to give the kids drugged candy they hadprepared before hand.

Miro does as instructed bythe leader and a while later the kids all fallasleep. Miro was suppose to kill the bus driver assoon as they reached the bridge but since the busdriver wasnt the regular man who hated the kidsArtkin told him to hold off…..



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