Core Competency Reflection – Grade 9 – Semester 2

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My questions for the novel study discussion

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My 3 questions

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Why do you think Lakshmi names her cucumbers? What is the symbolism?

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Why do you think Lakshmi’s “first blood” is considered such a big deal in her community?

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Why do you think Lakshmi’s step-father continued to gamble even though he knew they did not have a lot of money?

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My 3 questions

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Why do you think Lakshmi trusted her “Uncle Husband” even though she didn’t know him? What does this say about how men are represented in her community?

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Why do you think the girls have to wear makeup while working? How does this represent the way the girls are seen by the men?

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Why do you think Lakshmi is kept in a separate room when she first arrives? How does this affect her thinking?

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My 3 questions

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Why do you think Lakshmi had to hide her calculations from other people? How would their opinion of her change if they found out she was intelligent?

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Why do you think the man who held Lakshmi during their time together had such a big impact on her?

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Why do you think Harish started teaching Lakshmi how to read? Why was she so grateful?

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My 3 questions

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Why do you think the girls hide when the police come to the door? What would happen if they didn’t?

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Why do you think Lakshmi’s mindset changes and she decides to work harder?

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How is Lakshmi different from the other girls? Does her personality change during her time in the Happiness House?

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