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Is Jacques successful on his quest for his father? Even though he does not find Henri, what does he find? Do his findings make him a better person? Explain why or not.

Where does Jacques fit in Algeria in regards to his culture and identity? Is he African or European? How does the Spanish culture dominate his identity? Does he identify more or less with the Spanish side of his family? Explain why or why not.

How do the Arabs fit into the Algerian community? How do the Europeans feel toward the Arabs? What about Jacques? How do the Arabs fit into the European community of North Africa today?

Who is Jacques' most positive and influential father figure? Is it Victor Malan, who is hardly in the novel? Or is it Uncle Etienne or M. Bernard? Are there any other male figures who have shaped Jacques?

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