ATSS Study ?s.pdf - A Thousand Splendid Suns \u2013 Study Guide Questions Themes in the novel Man\u2019s inhumanity to man Systematic victimization of women

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“A Thousand Splendid Suns” Study Guide P a g e | 1 A Thousand Splendid Suns Study Guide Questions Themes in the novel x Man’s inhumanity to man x Systematic victimization of women by patriarchal institutions x Spousal abuse x Resistance to victimization x Power of education x Education for women x Corrupting influence of absolute power General Approach As you read the novel, stop after reading each chapter and write a two (2) sentence summary of the chapter. If the chapter is titled, then write it down. If it has no title, then create one. This simple exercise will help you sense the flow of the novel. Character List For the following characters make note of on what page he/she first appears. It is often on that page that you find the description of the character. Miriam Muhsin & Ramin Afsoon Fariba Hasina Tariq Zalmai Sayeed Jalil Bibi Jo Nilofaur Hakim Giti Khadim Zaman Hamza Nana Mullah Faizullah Rasheed Laila Ahmad & Noor Aziza Salim Glossary of Terms For the following terms you may want to look them up before you read. It will help you better understand the book as you read. Ahmad Shah Massoud bath house Communist Eid or Eid-ul-Fitr Hazaras jihad kolba militia Mullah Ramadan Soviet Al-Qaeda Buddahs of Bamiyan daal fast Hekmatyar Islam Koran or Qur an Mohammad Najibullah Mullah Omar republic Tajiks Allah burqa Dostum hashish infidel jinn land mine Mjihadeen Pashtuns Socialist Taliban
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“A Thousand Splendid Suns” Study Guide P a g e | 2 Chapter 1 bazaars open-air markets culpable guilty, responsible demurely in a reserved manner endearments affectionate words or actions facade the front harami an illegitimate child; one born of two unmarried parents illegitimate the child of two unmarried parents jinn a demon or other possessing spirit kolba a hut or rudimentary house loathsome hated minarets steeples; towers on top of mosques relic a souvenir; memento Sufis Muslim mystics surmise to figure out; understand trellised covered with a screen or lattice work so vines can grow on it ward off keeps away 1. How old is Mariam at the beginning of Chapter 1? 2. Describe Nana’s reaction to Mariam’s breaking the bowl. 3. Why does the speaker assert that the harami is innocent? 4. How does Nana react after Jalil told Mariam about the pistachio tree? 5. Describe Jalil’s family and business life. 6. What happened to Nana after she became pregnant with Mariam? 7. What does Nana wish her father had done? 8. Nana tells Mariam, “Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finge r always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam.” What does this mean?
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