Pre AICE Language Summer Assignment2012

8 ishmael describes his use of krio and many tribal

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8. Ishmael describes his use of Krio and many tribal languages to communicate, as well as his ability to quote Shakespeare’s Elizabethan English. What communities and empires are represented in his styles? In which “villages,” from the relatively new UN to the centuries-old Mende and Temne settlements, does the greatest wisdom lie? 9. How does Ishmael’s concept of family change throughout the memoir, from his early life in Mattru Jong, to the uncle with whom he is reunited, to his American family with Laura? 10. What universal truths does Ishmael teach us about surviving loss and hunger and overcoming isolation? 11. After reading the chronology of Sierra Leone’s history, what reasons can you propose for the coups in Ishmael’s homeland? Did the arrival of Portuguese slave traders, or the later colonization by the British, contribute to Sierra Leone’s twentieth-century woes? What did you discover about the motivations of the army soldiers versus those of rebels? In your opinion, what made the leaders of the RUF so ruthless for so long?
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ESSAY TOPICS: Directions : Select ONE of the following questions, and write a 1-2 page typed, double-spaced essay. Be sure to include a clear thesis, supporting passages from the novel, and correct grammar and mechanics. ( Please choose ONE only ): 1- Beah’s love of rap music lends some interesting twists and turns to the narrative. At certain points, his ability to sing and dance literally saves his life. Isolate a scene where the power of this American cultural export plays a role, and analyze it. In America, certain rap albums and artists have been criticized for glorifying violence; in Sierra Leone, it actually creates small moments of peace. Comment on this ironic divide. What does this music seem to symbolize for Beah and for the people he encounters? 2- At various moments in the text, kind-hearted strangers with nothing to gain but much to lose step in and save Beah and his friends from certain death. Choose one of these characters and
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  • Fall '12
  • jane
  • Sierra Leone, long way, Mattru Jong, Ishmael Beah, Sierra Leone Civil War

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