Short Essay Questions Key
1. What does Orleanna remember about Africa in Book 1?
She remembers walking in the forest with her daughters and seeing animals such as the weaver bird and an okapi. She also remembers setting out a picnic by the river and watching her daughters swim in the river.
2. Why does Orleanna go to the Congo? With whom does she go?
Her family goes to the Congo as Baptist missionaries. She goes with her Baptist minister husband and her four daughters.
3. In Book 1, Orleanna says, "Married to a man who would never love her, she stays his wife because it was what she can do." What do you think she means by this?
Orleanna stays with Nathan in part because she knows no other life. She has four daughters with him and staying with him is what she can do for them. It offers her a status, a purpose, and a way to keep her family together. Although she knows Nathan doesn't love her, she stays because it is the life she knows and her way to protect her daughters as best as she can. During this time period, divorce was less accepted and Nathan may have gotten custody of their daughters if she left him. Her family and friends might not approve of Orleanna's decision, so she stays because it is an alternative that she can do and accept, without having to lose her daughters or her way of life.
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