The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What birth defect does Junior describe having been born with in Chapter 1: "The Black Eye of the Month Club"?

Junior begins by pointing out that he was born with a birth defect, water on the brain. He says he was six months old when the doctors performed surgery to remove the excess water and he was not expected to live. He survived, obviously, and also escaped the prediction that he would have brain damage.

2. Why does Junior say he is a member of "The Black Eye of the Month Club"? How does this status affect Junior's actions?

Junior has a stutter and a lisp which he says makes him the brunt of jokes and teasing which often turns into being physically tormented. He's beat up at least once a month simply for being a "retard on the rez." Junior says he wants to go outside but it's safer to remain at home, so he's developed hobbies that include reading and drawing cartoons.

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