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Memories of Childhood – Important Questions


1.         The two accounts that you read in ‘Memories of Childhood’ are based in two distant cultures. What is the commonality of theme found in both of them?
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What are the similarities in the lives of Bama and Zitkala-Sa though they belong to different cultures?
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What is common between Zitkala-Sa and Bama?
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What is common in the discrimination and injustice experienced by Zitkala-Sa and Bama? How do they react to their situations?
2.         “Zitkala-Sa and Bama are rebels” Discuss?
3.         It may take a long time for oppression to be resisted, but the seeds of rebellion are sowed early in life. Do you agree that injustice in any form cannot escape being noticed even by children in view of the stories presented in ‘Memories of Childhood’?
4.         In ‘Memories of Childhood’, Baima’s experience is that of a victim of the caste system. What kind of discrimination does Zitkala-Saw’s experience depict? What are their responses to their respective situations?
5.         Why was Zitkala-Sa not feeling at home in her new surroundings?
6.         Why was Zitkala-Sa in tears on the first day in the land of apples?
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What does Zitkala-Sa remember about the first day in the land of apples?
7.         “I felt like sinking to the floor,” says Zitkala-Sa. When did she feel so and why?
8.         What did Judewin tell Zitkala-Sa? How did she react to it?
9.         Why was Zitkala-Sa so averse to having her hair cut?
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Why was Zitkala-Sa terrified when Judewin told her that her hair would be cut short?
10.       How did Zitkala-Sa try to prevent the shingling of her hair?
11.       Why does the author feel "spirit tore itself in struggling for its lost freedom, all was useless”? Discuss.
12.       What did Zitkala-Sa feel when her long hair was cut?
13.       How would you interpret the author's statements, "Now I was only one of many little animals driven by a herder."
14.       How was Zitkala-Sa different from the other Native American students?
15.       “It is better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all”. How would you relate this observation to the author of the episode “The cutting of my Long Hair.”?
16.       “The cold weather outside was in rhyme with the cold attitude of the authorities inside the hostel”. Explain?
17.       Why did Bama take thirty minutes walking home from school when she could have covered the distance in ten minutes?
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What were the articles in the stalls and shops that fascinated Bama on her way back from school?
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Which activities of the people would Bama watch keenly in the bazaar?
18.       What was Bama’s initial reaction to the incident on the street? How did her reaction change later on?
19.       What comic incident did Bama narrate to her brother? Why was he not amused?
20.       Why did the landlord’s man ask Bama’s brother on which street he lived? What was the significance?
21.       When did Bama first come to know of the social discrimination faced by the people of her community?
22.       Which words of her brother made a deep impression on Bama?
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What was the advice that Annan gave to Bama? Did she follow it?
23.       How does ‘Memories of Childhood.’ Bring out the plight of marginalized communities in India?

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