1. Why does Eighner prefer the terms “scavenging” and “scrounging” to “dumpster diving”? What about “foraging”? What connotations does each word
1. Why does Eighner prefer the terms “scavenging” and “scrounging” to “dumpster diving”? What about “foraging”? What connotations does each word suggest?
2. What kinds of things has the author acquired from dumpsters?
3. What are the stages a person goes through when first learning to eat from dumpsters?
4. What are the three principles for eating from dumpsters, according to the author?
5. Why does the author avoid ethnic foods? Does his reason make sense to you?
6. What are some of the drawbacks of eating from dumpsters, besides the stigma of eating trash?
7. Why does he hate the “soda-can scroungers”?
8. Why does he refuse to scavenge in people’s private garbage cans? Why does he say that “many people will find the idea of scavenger ethics too funny for words”?
9. What kinds of “stories” does he sometimes discover in the stuff he finds? What two life lessons has he learned from scavenging?
10. Why does he end his essay by saying that he feels sorry for the “rat-race millions” and their material needs?
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