Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. Discuss the impact of 9/11 on illegal immigrants in the United States. What did the Patriot Act include which caused panic amongst these immigrants? How is this panic reflected in the novel? What were the numbers of immigrants who fled to Canada during this period?
2. Describe and discuss the history of Bangladesh, and how this history relates to Nadira's family in the novel. How does Nadira describe the lives of her ancestors? What drove her great-grandparents to Dhaka? What was the principal impetus for Bengalis to immigrate to the United States?
3. Discuss the...
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