Essay Topic 1
Discuss the importance of ethnic identity throughout the novel in relation to the following characters: Rayona, Christine, Aunt Ida and Lee.
Essay Topic 2
Choose one of the following characters to discuss the internal struggle between a character's strength and weakness, focusing not only on the character who best exemplifies this struggle, but also has moments of triumph.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss in detail two or three scenes that show the clash of cultures and what impact it has on the characters involved.
Essay Topic 4
Discuss Dorris's portrayal of Indians and Indian culture. Are his depictions stereotypical or does he show them to be nuanced human beings with individual, as well as a collective struggle to find their places in the world?
Essay Topic 5
What role do secrets play in the narrative of the three women and who do they affect the most profoundly?
Essay Topic 6
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