4) What claim/ main claim do you think the biography makes?
Did you change your mind while watching? (Most famous gangster in
the world; rose to power with brawn and brains.)
* Capone Discussion
1) Did you love it or hate it?
2) Was the biography what you expected?
3) How does it begin? What is its "introduction"?
a) View the introduction.
5) Do we have an author here? Narrator?
a) How does he/ she function?
b) Frame our view of the subject?
6) What is the framework or plot of this Capone story? (Starts
with introduction, then his birth; ends with "to me he was a bum.")
a) How is the biography organized and structured?
b) What gets left out? (Personal life.)
7) What evidence, sources, material, etc. does the biography use?
(Laurence Bergreen, biographer; Robert Schoenberg, biographer;
John Binder, President of the Merry Gangsters Literary Society;
Contemporaries dancers and reporters; Tony Berardi, photographer;
Son of George E.Q. Johnson, the prosecutor; Art Petacque, crime
reporter; John OBrian, crime reporter.)
8) Do you question any of this evidence?
9) How does this biography reflect and/ or deviate from the standard
biography we generated at the start of class?
10) How is this TV program/ video unique? Define the genre.
d) Commercial Breaks
11) How does this biography compare to other texts weve
read this semester?
a) Use student papers to generate discussion.