1. What does the African American couple want?
Valentino opens his door to an African American woman. She claims her car has broken down and she needs to use his phone. Valentino lets her in, but as he is looking for his cell phone, an African American man walks into the house. The man tells him they are robbing him.
2. How does Valentino introduce the themes of the book?
Valentino's mind drifts and he starts to think about his life in Sudan. This acts as an introduction. Valentino briefly covers the major events of the book such as the Lost Boys' walk to Ethiopia, and his friend's death in Kenya.
3. What does Valentino think about his new life in America?
Valentino thinks about his current life in America. He lives with his friend, Achor Achor, and works at a gym. He says representatives promised them a comfortable, peaceful life, but they have found it difficult to survive. Valentino partly blames this on the Sudanese's high expectations.
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