Russell Baker.  Growing Up.

1.  How would you characterize Russell Baker's relationship with his natural parents?  With his siblings?
With his aunts and uncles?  With his stepfather?  What was his family life like?

2.  Would you say that Russell Baker's upbringing was "traditional" or "modern".  Be sure to explain what you mean by "traditional" and "modern".

3.  How did the depression affect Russell Baker's childhood and adolescence?  What influence did it have on the transitions he made or the trajectory of his life?

4.  How did World War II affect Russell Baker's adolescence?  What influence did it have on the transitions he made and the trajectory of his life?

5.  What were the most important factors in Russell Baker's education?  The least important factors?  Defend your reasoning.