Holiday Discussion Questions

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How would this story have been different if the narrator could speak German? If Ottilie could speak? Write a conversation between the narrator and Ottilie.

Research the meanings of some of the German names used in the story. Do the meanings of the names correlate to the personality or role of the characters? Explain any connections you discover.

Research the percentage of American women in the workforce in 1920, 1960, and today. Draw a graph charting the difference. Now research the average wages of women in these three years compared to the average wages of men, and chart your findings.

What kind of “troubles” do you think the narrator is trying to escape by going on her holiday? Write a “prequel” to this story that describes the problems she is leaving behind and how they came about.

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