Essay Topic 1
"Life on the kapia always renews itself despite everything and the bridge does not change with the years or with the centuries or with the most painful turns in human affairs." Do you agree or disagree with this comment by the narrator? How does life on the kapia return time and time again to its original intent? Use specific textual examples to support your viewpoint.
Essay Topic 2
What is the town's reaction to the bridge construction when it first begins? How does their reaction to it change as the years go on? What is their general opinion of the bridge when it is finished?
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast the characters Abidaga and Arif Beg. What makes one a success and one a failure in their role as the Vezir's representative for the bridge construction? Use specific examples from the novel to support your opinion.
Essay Topic 4
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