Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman's Journey Toward Independence, and Other Stories Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Why does the author of the introduction claim that "Year of the Elephant" is "an event in cross-cultural literary history"?

The author of the introduction claims that the "Year of the Elephant" is "an event in cross-cultural literary history" because it is the first book written in Arabic by a woman that is translated to English. This will give English speakers a chance to experience life through the eyes of a Moroccan woman.

2. Why is the point of view of "Year of the Elephant" important?

The point of view of "Year of the Elephant" is important because it introduces the reader to the experience of the working class. The point of view also allows the reader to experience Morocco through the eyes of a woman.

3. Why might Abou Zayd have written "Year of the Elephant" in Arabic?

Abou Zayd wrote "Year of the Elephant" in Arabic for political reasons. Arabic was/is the language of the common people. French was the language of the upper class.

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