Essay Topic 1
Velma Wallis said that she wanted to write this story because it "taught me a lesson I could use in my life." In your essay, explain what the lesson of this story is and how a person could use it in life.
Essay Topic 2
Velma Wallis said, "Stories are gifts given by an elder to a younger person." Is this story one that you would want to keep and share with others in your own life? In your essay, retell the story in your own words. Explain why you do or do not think it is a gift you would want to share.
Essay Topic 3
One of the themes in this story is transformation. In your essay, explain how the abandonment brought about changes in the old women that made it possible for them to succeed in a harsh environment.
Essay Topic 4
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