2.When Deborah finally began meeting with and talking to Skloot, what did Deborah want to find out and to accomplish in their research together? 3.What did Skloot and Deborah do together when they began meeting to discuss the HeLa story? Give several examples to show how they spent their time together. 4. Skloot describes Deborah’s personality in this chapter. In a few sentences, summarize what Skloot says about her personality. 5.Near the end of the chapter, Deborah becomes angry and walks away from Skloot. What happened? Why was Deborah angry? How does Skloot react? 1.Rebecca Skloot is very determined to succeed with her book about HeLa. What do you think drives her to complete this research project? Be specific. What will she get out of the project? What do you think she hopes for in telling the HeLa story? 2.Put yourself in Deborah’s situation. If you were her, would you want to work with Skloot on her book project or not? Why or why not? Be specific. If you would choose to work with her, why? What would you want to get out of the relationship or accomplish with the project? If you would choose not to work with her, why not? Be specific.
1.Describe Zakariyya’s personality in a few sentences. Use specific examples 2.Why is Zakariyya angry? Who is he angry at? What does he say are the reasons for his anger? Why does he say he has spent so much of his life fighting? 3.How does Deborah try to protect Skloot from Zakariyya? Be specific. Give at least two examples. 4. At the end of the chapter , something happens that changes Zakariyya’s mood drastically. What is it, and how does his mood change? Discussion Questions: 1. When Skloot goes to meet Zakariyya, she is afraid, but she still goes. It has been said that courage is not the lack of fear. Courage is instead doing something even though you fear it. What have you done that shows the kind of courage that Skloot shows in this chapter? Have you ever faced a fear bravely? If so, briefly tell the story. If you have never faced a fear head-on like Skloot does in this chapter, identify a fear that you have and describe how you could face that fear. Do you think it is always a good idea to face up to fears in the way Skloot does in this chapter?
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