literature assignments

“What qualities doe “”Ragged Dick”” have, and how does he use these in his pursuit of the American Dream? (250 words)
 Do you find “”Ragged Dick”” to be a believable character?  What about the people he meets throughout his adventures in New York City?  What picture of the world is being “”sold”” by Horatio Alger in this story?  How believable do you find the author’s philosophy of life? (150 words)