- Based on the article’s introduction, paraphrase Volker’s thesis in your own words. Do you agree with his argument based on what you have read in McCarthy’s novel so far?
- Why does Volker consider listing an important formal quality in McCarthy’s novel?
- Why does Volker find the representation of orchards or gardens in The Road ironic?
- Volker describes three effects of McCarthy’s peculiar writing style on the last page of the article excerpt. Summarize these three main points in your own words.