Short Essay Questions Key
1. How did the narrator feel about being back in his old village after being gone for seven years?
The narrator was happy to be back in his old village and the villagers were happy to have him back. He had missed the closeness of tribal life during his stay in Europe. It was good to wake up in his own familiar bed with the familiar sounds of the wind outside.
2. How can you tell that the village life seems unchanged to the narrator when he gets back after all those years?
The same habits and rituals still take place; the narrator has tea with his family while his father recites verses from the Koran, for example.
3. Who was the strange man in the village when the narrator gets back and how does he describe this man?
The man was Mustafa. The narrator describes him as around fifty, of medium height and graying hair. He had arrived five years earlier and married the daughter of Mahmoud.
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