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The Contender

Robert Lipsyte

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Where does Alfred work?

Why do Major, Hollis and James choose the Epsteins' store to break into?

Why doesn't Alfred warn them about the alarm system?

What do Major and Hollis to do Alfred after James gets caught trying to rob the store?

What first prompts Alfred to think about going to the gym?

Why does Alfred give up on boxing in the beginning of the book?

When Alfred sees James at the clubhouse, what does he learn?

Why does Alfred decide to start training again?

What happens to Willie Streeter after he loses the fight in the beginning of the book?

What is Jelly Belly's limitation as a boxer?

Why does Spoon stop boxing?

What does Aunt Pearl think about Alfred's boxing?

What does Aunt Pearl try to do to dissuade Alfred from boxing?

What do Major and Hollis want Alfred to do to the Epsteins?

How many matches does Alfred win?

What haunts Alfred about his match against Griffin?

Why does Alfred suddenly get along with his cousin Jeff?

What activity does Alfred considering getting involved in toward the end of the book?

What does Mr. Epstein do to show Alfred his support of Alfred's boxing career?

What added responsibility does Mr. Epstein give Alfred at the store?

Why does Mr. Donatelli believe that Alfred is not cut out to be a boxer?

What prevented Mr. Epstein from being a champion boxer?

What is the result of Alfred's fight against Elston Hubbard?

Why does Elston Hubbard hug Alfred at the end of their fight?

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