Tears of the Giraffe Topics for Discussion

Alexander McCall Smith
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Why is the issue of confidentiality important to both Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni and Mma Ramtswe? Whare are the problems in Gaborne society that make confidentiality difficult? Give examples in your answer.

Why does Mma Ramotswe agree to investigate Michael's disappearance? Why does she feel that she should not have taken the case?

How did Mma Makutsi become an assistant private detective? What was her first case?

How did the orphans end up living with Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni? In what way did he act impulsively?

How does Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni explain the orphans to Mma Ramotswe? How does she react?

What moral dilemmas does Mma Ramotswe face in her work? How does she deal with them?

What were the circumstances surrounding the death of Michael Curtin? How did Mma Romotswe help Mrs. Curtin?

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