Short Essay Answer Key
1. Is the story "Woman at Point Zero" fiction or non-fiction? How do you know this?
The story "Woman at Point Zero" is non-fiction. El Saadawi went to the prison system and met Firdaus there. Through interviews she reconstructed her story which makes it non-fiction.
2. Why was Firdaus sent to jail?
Firdaus was sent to jail for killing a man. She was a prostitute who killed one of her patrons. Most people believe she is innocent because her life caused her to become a killer.
3. What study led El Saadawi to find Firdaus?
El Saadawi was a journalist who was fired from her job in the 1970's. She took this time to research and write. She decided to write a paper on neurosis in women. This led her to the prison to interview groups of women. There she met a doctor who suggested she...
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