46 pages 1 hour read

Tom Wolfe

The Right Stuff

Nonfiction | Book | Adult | Published in 1979

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Essay Topics


What is “the right stuff”? Why does Wolfe claim that it is so important to the American public?


According to Wolfe, what motivates test pilots to engage in such a dangerous occupation? Can you think of a similar example? Do you find such motivations compelling?


What is the “Military Wife’s Compact”? How does it illustrate the gender roles at work in The Right Stuff?