Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How do the rains dictate the life of Shabanu's family?

Shabanu's family moves around depending on the availability of water. In the dry months of summer, they must move to settlements where wells are full. The monsoons allow them to go back to the desert dunes, but how long they get to stay there all depends on the rain.

2. What does Phulan tell Shabanu she worries about when she marries?

Phulan tells Shabanu that she worries that if they move to the village she will never see her home again. It is the tradition that after a girl marries she will go live with her husband.

3. Why is Shabanu worried about her future?

Shabanu is worried about her future because she will be married to the brother of Phulan's husband in another year. Shabanu is afraid about what this future will be like because her future husband's people are from Mehrabpur. These people consider Shabanu's family to be gypsies and harass them.

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