Essay Topic 1
In Chapter 1, Thap reminds the narrator of a ghost. What do the Vietnamese believe about ghosts? What is there about Thap that reminds the narrator of a ghost? Why does the narrator decide that Thap is not a ghost?
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 2, despite her grandfather’s disparaging remarks about women and their roles, the narrator learns to embrace her femininity. How does Grandfather make the narrator feel like a second-class citizen because of her gender? How does the narrator’s last act in Chapter 2 show that she has embraced being a woman?
Essay Topic 3
In Chapter 3, Khanh says that he does not believe in omens and symbols. Why does it seem that Khanh might believe in omens and symbols? What does he observe on his trip to the Houston airport? What connection does he see between signs along the way and what he is going...
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