Essay Topic 1
Write an essay analyzing the links between new life and death in Danticat's personal life experiences with her father and her baby. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Danticat's father, Mira, experiences oppression both in Haiti and America. Write an essay comparing and contrasting the sources and manifestations of the oppression Mira experiences in both countries.
Essay Topic 3
Danticat recalls a Haitian saying advising people who are washing others' children to only wash one side of the child, which she interprets as advising adults not to get too attached to children who are not their own. Write an essay analyzing the meaning of this saying and decide whether or not it seems to apply to Danticat's specific experience being raised by both Joseph and Mira.
Essay Topic 4
What were Joseph's and Mira's first experiences with and impressions of Americans, respectively...
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