Jasmine Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How are Jasmine's "differences" treated by the Baden farmers versus the people she encountered while living in New York?

Baden farmers wanted Jasmine to seem familiar so they generalized her differences - her hair, her skin tone, where she was from, etc. They remained silent on what they didn't know about her. People in New York treated her like an equal. Professors pursued their own understanding of her experiences and knowledge, by asking her questions. The other "caregivers" in her building figured she was like them in many ways. Thinking that she did not want to reveal too much about her past, they left her alone to do her job.

2. When does Jasmine realize that her son's sexual curiosity may have been awakened?

Jasmine notices that Du has been standing at the open bedroom door after making love with Bud one Sunday night. When she and Bud are finished, Du silently leaves the door, turns off the TV and calls out, "Night mom and dad."

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