Essay Topic 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?
Essay Topic 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?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the history and dangers of forged or fake immigration papers. How common are fake documents amongst immigrants in the United States? How are these statistics recorded? What are the penalties for being caught with fake documentation? How are these dangers presented in the novel?
Essay Topic 4
Describe and discuss the Special...
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