The Bleachers

The Bleachers: Essay Questions

1. What is the final assessment of Coach Eddie Rake in the novel?   Eddie Rake is, according to various testimonies: mean, jealous, aggressive, abusive, manipulative, kind, fatherly, loyal, a hater of injustice, and a genius. Coach Rake of Messina High rules the town for over forty years because he can consistently produce champion football …

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The Bleachers: Biography

John Ray Grisham was born on February 8, 1955, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the second of five children in a working-class Southern Baptist family. His father was a construction worker and cotton farmer. The family settled in Southaven, Mississippi, where John played quarterback on the Southaven High School football team.    Grisham received a Bachelor of …

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The Bleachers: Top Ten Quotes

“Every Spartan remembered two numbers—the one on his jersey, and the number of laps he finished in the Spartan Marathon” (Tuesday, p. 38).Coach Rake employs torturous training methods for his Spartan football team. Every August the boys have to run the “Marathon” to see how many laps they can run around the field before they …

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