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A Never-Ending Discussion, Blake’s Objective

Something that’s undermined about Blake’s ability to encrypt hidden messages within art, is what purpose it’s serving for his viewers. The phrase in focus is not simply put through randomization to please the aesthetics, but it’s something to give viewers a purpose to truly analyze the text and discuss, rather than just the artwork itself. […] Continue reading

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Allah Is Not Obliged Discussion 2

What are the ways women are portrayed in this book? Is this contradictory? Birahima makes a lot of comments about he is not obliged to do certain things. For example, he says “Nobody can be obliged to do anything because no one’s got the time…” (p. 127). How do these statements relate to Allah not being… Continue reading

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Allah Is Not Obliged Discussion 1

How do the different religions of the region interplay and what are its effects on Birahima? Would you say the funeral ceremonies/oration is a nice way to remember the humanity of the situation? Or just ironic due to the situation? Why? What type of endowments would you say the army of Colonel Papa le Bon… Continue reading

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So Long a Letter: Discussion 2

Compare and contrast Modou and Mawdo. For example, why did Modou stop seeing Ramatoulaye? Mawdo at least tried to still see Aissatou.
What purpose does the story of Jacqueline serve?
How does Ramatoulaye view domestic house-wives? How does this trans… Continue reading

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No Longer at Ease Discussion Questions Pt 1

Do you find the way that the novel jumps abruptly between various times and places to be difficult to understand, or do you think that it lends to the plot? The foreshadowing is pretty pronounced when Obi refuses to pay the cheaper, off the books Radiogram rate. Did you notice any other evidence of foreshadowing?… Continue reading

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So Long a Letter Discussion 1

How does Ramatoulaye Fall’s society/community view female teachers? Is the practice of multiple wives a social construction, or a religious one? If it is religious, why do you think Ramatoulaye has not left it despite her anger/pain about being a co-wife? If it is social, why has she not left like her friend, Aissatou, did? How… Continue reading

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