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A Thousand Splendid Suns: Study Guide
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How old is Mariam at the beginning of chapter 1?
5 years old
Describe Nana's reaction to Mariam's breaking the bowl.
Why does the speaker assert that the harami is innocent?
because it isn't her fault, it is her parents fault
How does Nana react after Jalil told Mariam about the pistachio tree?
she said those are just lies
Describe Jalil's family and business life.
Jalil has 3 wives and 9 children legitimate children, and he is rich
What happened to Nana after she became pregnant with Mariam?
she was kicked out and was forced to live alone
What does Nana wish her father had done?
aborted the child
Nana tells Mariam, "Like a compass a needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a women. Always. You remember that Mariam." What does this mean?
A man will always blame a women for his mistakes
Why had Nana refused to live in Herat?
she was scared of being judged
When Nana was fifteen, she almost got married. Why was the wedding called off?
she had seizers
According to Nana, why did Jalil build her and Mariam's house instead instead of hiring workers?
he was feeling guilty; he was paying his penance
Contrast Nana's and Jalil's version of Mariam's birth
Nana's: alone on a cold floor, she was in labor for 2 days
Jalil: born in a hospital, clean, and she was in labor for 1 hour
What chores do Nana and Mariam enjoy together?
cooking and cleaning
Who is Mullah Faizullah?
What is this section indicates that Mariam and Mullah Faizullah have a close relationship?
he understands her the most
What does Mariam tell Mullah Faizullah she wants?
When Mullah Faizullah asks Nana to permit Mariam to attend school, she says to Mariam, "What's the sense schooling a girl like you? It's like shining a spittoon." What does Nana's simile mean?
"cleaning something over and over again, but it constantly getting dirty all over again."
Describe the anxiety Mariam feels as Jalil's visit approaches.
afraid he won't come
What characteristics of Jalil indicate that he is of a different socio-economic class than Mariam?
the newspaper clippings he brings and discusses with her, his clothes, and he's smart
When Jalil tosses Mariam in the air. Nana says that one day he will drop her. What does this imply about Nana's feelings for Jalil?
Nana doesn't trust him and she knows that Jalil is going to breaks Mariam's heart
Why do you think Nana behaves civilly when Jalil visits?
so he will keep supporting them
At the beginning of Chapter 5, how old is Mariam?
approaching 15th birthday
What tactics does Nana use to keep Mariam from going to visit Jalil? List as many as you can.
guilt, cruelty, and anger
After Nana's emotional outburst, Mariam wishes she could tell her mother certain things. What does she want to tell her, but does not?
"You're afraid Nana, you're afraid that I might find the happiness you never had. And you don't want me to be happy. You don't want a good life for me. You're the one with the wretched heart."
What does Mariam assume when Jalil does not arrive on time, and what does she do instead of waiting for him?
she assumes that he had been caught up in business
she lays down and paces back and forth
she eventually goes into town to find him
Describe what happens when Jalil's driver tries to get Mariam to get into the car?
she runs into the house and see's Jalil
The driver returns to her house, but at the last second, he yells, "Go back! No. Don't look now." To what is he referring?
Nana hanging from the tree
After the death of her mother, how do Mariam's feelings for Jalil change?
She feels like Nana was right all along about Jalil and that he's a lier, and not "real"
Mariam watches the "comings and goings of Jalil's daily life" from her bedroom window. How does she feel now that she knows what his life is like?
She feels like she put him on to high of a pedestal
Mariam feels guilty about her mother's death. Why and how does Mullah Faizullah try to comfort her?
He tells her that she was very sick and that is not her fault
He tries to distract her in order to get her mind off what happened
What shocking news do Jalil's wives tell Mariam at the beginning of Chapter 7? What is Mariam's reaction?
a suitor wants to marry her
she doesn't want to marry someone she doesn't know
scruffy, big, smokes cigarettes, and he has large hands
Find and list similes in chapter 8
"front two pushed together like a gabled roof"
"yellow brown, like a rotting apple"
Describe the process of the marriage
not very emotional
Re-read the part describing Mariam and Rasheed's hurried wedding. Find and list one example of foreshadowing. What event do you think is being foreshadowed?
"Her own band was a little tight, but Rasheed has no trouble forcing her." - their sex life
the next time Mariam signed her name, 27 years later" -divorce/death?
How does Mariam respond when Jalil tells her that he will visit her in Kabul? How does Jalil then react to her request?
She tells him that she doesn't want to see him again
He is sadden by this request and runs after her
Why does Mariam have difficulty understanding Rasheed?
because of his accent; they're from different cities
Why does Mariam start to cry in the middle of the living room?
she doesn't want to be with Rasheed in his home
she feels extremely overwhelmed
In chapter 10, how much time has gone by, and how has Mariam responded to her new home?
one week and she is still in bed; she hasn't unpacked
What does Mariam do the day after Rasheed tells her he expects her to "start behaving like a wife"?
she cooks, cleans, and goes into town
What does Mariam hear some of the other wives saying about their husbands?
all they do is work
they don't take care of them
they're miserable with their husbands
Why does Mariam first begin to get nervous while standing in line?
when she hears them call her a harami and started looking at her
When the women approach and encircle Mariam, they do so out of curiosity and a welcoming spirit. Why do you think Mariam panics?
she is not used to so many people being around her especially since she had just been through a traumatic experience
Mariam feels "a flare of pride" when Rasheed compliments her cooking. Why does this surprise her?
because she is starting to have feelings other than hatred towards him
What does Rasheed say about Fariba and the other women who do not wear burqas and who look him in the eye?
their too "modern"
they're out of control
Standing on Chicken Street, Mariam sees many "modern women. Describe these women and how they make Mariam feel about herself.
they wear make-up, short skirts, sunglasses, and high heels
they all walk around like they are busy
they made her feel unimportant, ignorant, and plain (invisible)
How do Mariam and Rasheed observe Ramadan differently?
Mariam enjoys it
They don't visit other people
Rasheed doesn't like to fast; makes him angry when he's hungry
What does Mariam remember about Ramadan back home at Gul Daman?
she would give candy and treats
Why does Mariam deny knowing Fariba when Rasheed asks her?
She knows that Rasheed doesn't like her and she's afraid to tell him that she talks to other people
Why does Mariam wish Nana could see the fireworks?
to show her new life with Rasheed and show her something happy
Rasheed has friends over and tells Mariam to stay in her room. Why is Mariam flattered by this demand?
because she thinks that he doesn't want the other men to look at her because she is so beautiful; he doesn't want to share her
Mariam finds herself in Rasheed's room. What does she find when she opens the drawers of the dresser?
gun; adult magazines; a picture of his ex wife and dead son
Why does Mariam feel Rasheed is a hypocrite for having the magazine?
because he said that women should only be seen by their husbands
Later, why does Mariam regret snooping in Rasheed's belongings?
because they are married and they need to trust each other; she didn't want to know his past
Why does Mariam now feel "a kinship" with Rasheed?
because the both have known death with those they love
Why does Mariam see bright colors on the ride home from the doctor?
she is sick; pregnant?
Why do you think Rasheed wants so badly for the baby to be a boy?
to replace his dead son
Why is Rasheed worried about the stairs, the knives, and the stove?
doesn't want the child to get hurt
Describe how Mariam feels when she thinks about the baby.
overwhelmingly happy, and she has never felt this much love before
What happens to Mariam at the bathhouse?
she starts to bleed; miscarriage
Rasheed covers Mariam in a "stiff, perfunctory" way and complains about the doctor's explanation -- "god's will." How is Rasheed feeling at this point?
frustrated at God and he is mad at Mariam
How has Mariam's mood changed by the end of chapter 13?
feels hopeless and depressed
Mariam grieves for her unborn baby. Describe the different beliefs and emotions she feels during this time.
she doubts God
she blames everyone (especially herself)
she hears her mom laughing at her from the grave; pay back
How has Rasheed changed since the loss of the baby?
distant and spiteful
How does Rasheed react when Mariam suggests having a burial service for the baby, and what does she do?
he thinks the idea is dumb but she does it by herself
How long has it passed between Chapter 14 and 15?
How does Rasheed treat Mariam when she asks questions about Mir Akbar Khyber?
treats her like a child and tells her that she is unintelligent
Of what does Mariam live in fear?
her husband and she wonders if he is going to kill her
How many babies has Mariam miscarried?
7 in all (includes the first child)
Why is cooking "an excuse in heightened anxiety" for Mariam?
Rasheed always finds something wrong with her food
What happens to Daoud Khan, and what is the result, according to Abdul Qader?
he was murdered
means two more democratic states
no more tyrants
Describe what happens at the end of the chapter 15 with the pebbles.
After he ate her rice, Rasheed makes Mariam chew on pebbles because he says that is what her rice tastes like. She breaks two molars
How much time has gone by since chapter 15-16?
The text states that Laila is "hungry for the sight of her Tariq," and that to her, "time stretched an contracted depending on Tariq's absence or presence." What can you infer about Laila's feelings for Tariq?
She relies on him and she also loves him
Describe Laila's appearance.
turquoise green eyes
high cheek bones
pout of lower lip
What character from earlier in the novel is Laila's mother?
Describe Babi, Laila's father.
born smart, forgetful, and small
Laila sees a blue Mercedes Benz in her neighborhood. The man in the back seat is wearing "a dark brown suit, with a white handkerchief triangle in the breast pocket." Who is this man, from earlier in the novel?
How is Laila's teacher different from an American teacher? How is she similar?
pro soviet union
Contrast Shanzai's opinion of Russia with her opinion of America
USA: corrupt, and bad
Describe Giti and Hasina, Laila's two friends from school.
Giti: skinny, anxious, and always has a frown on her face :(
Hasina: older because she flunked school, mischievous
Why does Laila wash herself thoroughly after the boys squirt her with their water gun?
the guns were filled with pee
What is a good day like for Mammy?
she smiled, bather, put on make-up, brushed her hair, and baked
Based on the information in this chapter (17) , why do you think Mammy stays in bed until three in the afternoon?
not over Ahmed, and she is depressed by it
Laila worries why Tariq has been away so long. What are some things she suspects has happened?
he decided to stay with his uncle
a land mine hurt/killed them
What sign does Laila receive that shows he is all right?
flash light signals
Why has Tariq been away longer than he anticipated?
his uncle was sick
Describe Laila's relationship with Tariq's family. Give details from the text that support your ideas.
they talk a lot; open relationship
Tariq's dad calls Laila his daughter
they all enjoy each others company
What causes Laila to learn that "boys differed from girls"?
boys don't show or accept affection they ways girls do
What happens when Laila tells Tariq about Khadim and his squirt gun?
Tariq beats him with his artificial leg
How does Babi's and Mammy's views of the communists differ?
Mammy: hates them
Babi: thinks their ideas are good
What news does the visitor bring Laila and her family?
her two brother Noor and Ahmed had died
Laila tries to console her mother, but the other women do not let her. How does this make Laila feel?
it made her feel useless
Why does Laila have a hard time putting herself in her mother's shoes?
she hardly knew her brothers and she only really had Tariq in her life
The deaths of Laila's brothers debilitate Fariba. How does Laila's role in the household change?
she becomes the sole provider of the family
cooks, cleans, and bathes Mammy
Laila believes that "her future was no match for her brothers' past." What does this mean?
she will never be able to live up to her brothers
Laila fears Mammy might kill herself. Mammy assures her she will not, but, if that is the case, why is Laila left with dueling emotions?
life would be easier if Mammy were gone
What historical landmark does Babi take Laila and Tariq to see?
Buddha in Bamiyan Valley
What causes "a wave of affection" to come over Laila?
When Babi reminisces about Mammy when she was younger
In what way does Babi say his grief is different from Mammy's?
he is able to hide it
What does Babi tell Laila that she probably wishes to hear from her mother?
Babi speaks of leaving Kabul. Why would this never actually happen?
Mammy would never leave
What does Laila not tell Babi about why she would not want to move away?
she wouldn't be able to leave Tariq
What do Tariq and Laila say about marriage while watching the movie?
marriage is dumb and pointless
they will never get married
How does Tariq cut the tension during the kiss scene?
makes a joke about frozen snot in Siberia
What happens to Hasina?
she was forced to marry her cousin
What happens between Najibullah and the Mujahideen, and how does this development affect Fariba?
The soviets officially leave
she gets out of bad and is immediately happy
What warning does Fariba give to Laila about Tariq?
now that they are older they need to worry about their reputation
Laila tries to ease Fariba's mind by telling her that Tariq is like a brother. How does Fariba react to this statement?
he will never be as good as her real brothers
Why does Laila feel it is not fair for Mammy to counsel her about Tariq?
because Mammy had never cared about her and Tariq until now and she thinks its too late
How has Giti changed, and why?
she is flirtatious and she cares how she looks
What irritates Laila about Tariq and his new friends?
What does Tariq say that makes Laila swoon?
"you know I've only got eyes for you"
Laila ironically describes the bomb blasts as blissfully elsewhere. What does she mean by this?
she is saved for now
What is the "flip side of being spared"?
she lives in fear
What event causes Tariq to buy a gun?
the story of the girls getting raped and killed by soldiers
Why have people been spray painting their cars yellow?
the rockets hit all cars except taxis
What happens to Giti?
she was killed by a rocket
Why is Tariq leaving Afghanistan?
his dad's heart can't take all of the violence
Why does Laila say she cannot marry Tariq?
she can't leave her dad
Describe what Laila experiences in trying to remember Tariq?
happy when she remembers and frustrated when she can't
What does Mammy finally agree to, and why?
to leave because Laila almost got hit with a bullet
Why does Laila have hope that she will see Tariq again soon?
because they are both headed toward the same place
What painful task does Babi have in preparing to move?
leaving his books behind
What happens to Laila's family at the end of the chapter?
they get killed by a rocket
What can you infer has happened to Laila since the explosion?
she has been badly injured but someone is taking care of her
What actions of Rasheed and Mariam show that they care about Laila?
care for her woods, feed and bathe her
What has happened to Tariq's house?
taken over by soldiers
Why does Laila believe she should have been in the house during the explosion?
it should have been her dad taking the books out of the house not her
Why can Mariam not find any comforting words for Laila?
she was never comforted in her past
list and identify 2 examples of figurative language in chapter 28.
What did Abdul Sharif talk to Tariq about in the hospital?
life, mostly Laila
What, according to Abdul, did Tariq mostly talk about?
Do you think Abdul is insensitive in bringing Laila this bad news, given everything else she has been through?
no he promised Tariq he would
Why does Laila think this news is a punishment?
they slept together; she didn't understand what Mammy went through
What is suddenly different about the way Rasheed eats?
nice and neat
What is Rasheed's attitude toward Americans?
he thinks Americans are savages
What becomes painfully clear to Mariam after dinner while she is in the kitchen?
Rasheed has plans to take on a second wife
List three ways that Rasheed tries to justify marrying Laila
says it looks bad (morally)
he can take care of her/keep her safe
she can help Mariam with the chores
What image does Rasheed paint of Laila if she were to leave his household?
stuck in poverty
Why does Rasheed consider his offer to be charitable?
he is doing Laila a favor
What is Laila's answer to Rasheed's proposal?
How does Rasheed afford to give Laila a ring?
sold Mariam's old ring
What might make Rasheed suspicious?
if they get married later
Why does Laila cut her finger with the knife?
to make it look like she's a virgin
In what ways does Rasheed verbally degrade Mariam?
calls her a bastard
says that she is like an old car
Why does Rasheed have reservations about Laila's upbringing, and what changes will he enforce?
wants her to wear a burqa and not go anywhere without him
Mariam confronts Laila about both their roles in the household. What rules does Mariam lay down?
Mariam will not be her slave
Mariam will cook and Laila will clean
no communication needed
How does Mariam feel after establishing the rules?
What new information do you learn about the death of Rasheed's first child?
Rasheed was passed out drunk when it happened
Why does the Koran forbid drinking?
it harms the sober
How does Laila deal with her grief over the next several months?
keeps herself busy and tries to think of good memories
How does Laila feel about wearing the burqa?
glad no one can see what she has become
she doesn't like it but finds it comforting
What do Mariam and Laila get into a fight over?
Why might the two women have enjoyed the argument?
way to let out their built up feelings
What is unusual about Laila's arrival home from the hospital?
Rasheed walks in the house angry because Laila had a girl
What complaints does Rasheed have about the baby?
its a girl
smells, crying, he steps on toys, and the baby draws a lot of Laila's attention
Why does Mariam smirk when she hears Rasheed complaining?
Rasheed asked for this
Why are the baby's clothes an issue?
they are for a baby boy
Rasheed now ignores Laila. What is Mariam's reaction to this behavior?
finally feels bad for Laila
What does Rasheed try to blame Mariam for?
Laila's reluctance to have sex with him
Describe what happens during the fight between Rasheed and Mariam.
Laila jumps in and tries to protect Mariam
Describe Mariam's middle of the night encounter with the baby. What can you infer from it?
she holds the baby for hours and she bonds with her and realizes she loves her
What does Rasheed ask Laila about Tariq?
if they had ever done anything inappropriate
What gift from Mariam does Laila find outside her bedroom door?
girl baby clothes
How does Laila finally win over Mariam?
protecting her against Rasheed because no one else has ever cared about her like that before
When the look passed between Laila and Mariam, what do the two women come to understand?
they are both in the same situation
What behaviors at the beginning of chapter 35 show that Laila and Mariam are becoming friends?
tea together every night
Why does Mariam act awkward around Aziza?
her whole life she has been treated like she was nothing
Mariam says she has a life of false, failed connections. Who are or were these connections and why?
Nana: left too soon
Jalil: never really cared about her
Rasheed: never loved her
unborn kids: never gave birth
Azmhud: never said goodbye
How and why has the war worsened?
two powers have joined
How does Laila's secret make Mariam feel a stronger connection to Aziza?
Aziza has no connection to Rasheed
Why must Laila and Mariam find a male escort?
they cannot travel without a male
What does Laila tell the young man about her family situation?
no men in the family live in Kabul; they all died
going to stay with their uncle
Mariam is Laila's mom
How does the young man betray Mariam and Laila?
tells the guard their false story
During interrogation, how does the policeman catch Laila and Mariam in a lie?
ask them a lot of questions and they ask details about the uncle
Why is it ironic that the policeman says,"it is my responsibility to maintain order?"
they let men treat women terribly and do nothing to stop it
Rasheed's brutal reaction: summary
beats them both badly
locked in separate rooms for days
no food or water
almost died from the heat
What effects of heat and dehydration do Laila and Aziza experience?
they both pass out often
Aziza stops moving
they both have weak pulses
Who are the Taliban, and what is Rasheed's opinion of them?
A guerilla force made up of young Pashtun men whose families had fled to Pakistan during the war against the Soviets.
How do the citizens of Kabul react to the Taliban's arrival?
excited, overjoyed, they run around and celebrate them
The Taliban ride through the streets of Kabul announcing its rules over a loudspeaker. Which of the rules is most surprising to you and why?
example: women are now not able to walk out in public without be escorted by men. I think it's awful how strict the laws are regarding women and their rights.
Describe some ways in which the Taliban soldiers destroy Kabul
destroyed all art/literature
destroyed all pre-Islamic statues
Rasheed like the Taliban's strict laws regarding women. In what way does he wield power over Laila?
it shows that other have the same ideals as Rasheed
now there is no where to leave without him
Explain why Laila is in the bathroom with a bicycle spoke
She is pregnant with Rasheed baby
She doesn't want to have it so she was trying to give herself and abortion
She decides not to go through with it because it's not the babies fault
What is wrong with Laila when Rasheed and Mariam take her to Malahai Hospital?
her water broke but the baby isn't coming
Why can Laila not get medical attention there?
because the hospital no longer cares for women
In what ways is Rabia Balkhi Hospital different from a hospital you might visit?
people have to fight to get treated
While at the hospital, Mariam comes to understand Nana. How so? Explain.
She realizes everything Nana sacrificed for her
She could have aborted her or dumped her in a ditch somewhere but instead she kept her and was shamed
How old is Laila's son now?
2 years old
How is Rasheed's treatment of Zalmai different from his treatment of Aziza?
Zalmai gets toys, love, and acknowledgment
takes him everywhere with him
How does Aziza treat her little brother?
takes care of him
feeds him and clothes him
Why is it risky for Rasheed to by Zalmai a television?
the Taliban made TVs illegal
Why does Rasheed suggest to Laila that they let Aziza beg on the streets?
so that they can make money
Laila punches Rasheed. What is his response?
What do they bury in the back yard?
Why, according to Laila, do the Afghans love Titanic?
everyone wants to save Jack
What happens to Rasheed's store?
destroyed in a fire
All the problems and the family's need to sell their belongings upsets Rasheed. In what ways does he express his anger and frustration?
he beats Mariam and Laila
What does the family do to continue to put food on the table?
sell all of their belongings
Why does Mariam call Jalil, and what is the result of the call?
to ask for help
learns that he died in 1987
Ahmad Shah Massoud travels to France and asks the U.S. for help fighting the Taliban. What is Massoud's prediction?
that the Taliban will soon hurt the U.S. and Europe
What truth has Laila not been able to tell Aziza?
she's being sent to an orphanage
What does Laila tell Aziza to say if she is asked about her father?
he died in an explosion
Why do some of the children shave their heads?
Describe what Laila sees and smells inside the orphanage
children running around
How is Laila treated by Zaman? Explain
How does Rasheed try to prevent Laila from visiting Aziza?
he makes excuses as to why he won't walk with her to the orphanage
Why do the children have to pull the curtains during lessons?
the Taliban banned school
How has Aziza changed since arriving at the orphanage?
she is nervously chatty (stutters)
What new job has Rasheed acquired?
doorman at the intercontinental
How does Aziza's explanation of plate tectonics relate to the story?
the fractures and collisions deep below the earth, but sometimes all we see is a slight tremor
At the end of the chapter, Laila finds Tariq at her doorstep. What do you think will happen next?
Rasheed will find out somehow and get mad but hopefully they will eventually get together :)
Why does Mariam feel she has no authority over Zalmai?
Because he is "Rasheed's" son
Based on Zalmai's behavior with Mariam and the ball, how would you characterize him?
bratty, spoiled, selfish, greedy, naïve, ungrateful
Mariam realizes now why the doorman at the hotel seemed familiar the other day. Why?
it was Abdul Sharif, the man who told Laila that Tariq died
Laila is overjoyed to see Tariq again, but she feels ashamed. Why?
she didn't become the person she had always hoped she would
she's dirty, missing teeth, worn and tired
How has Tariq changed?
serious, knowledgeable, says "indeed" a lot, no longer light hearted, and nervous
What does Tariq tell Laila about his parents?
Dad died first winter at the camp
Mom died while he was in prison
Why did Tariq have difficulty getting work?
because he only has one leg
Why did Tariq end up in jail, and how long did he serve?
trying to smuggle hashsish
served 3 years
What are the concerns expressed just before Tariq and Laila part?
whether they will see each other again
Rasheed finding out about them
What does Mariam come to understand about herself during her fight with Rasheed?
she gave everything she had to Rasheed
she never deserved this hell
What does Mariam do with the shovel?
hits Rasheed in the head; kills him
What transpires silently between Rasheed and Mariam before she hits him the final time?
respect/regret in his eyes
she saw all of the sacrifices she made for him
felt like she knocked some sense into him
Where do Laila and Mariam take Rasheed's body?
into the shed
What does Laila tell Zalmai about his father, and what does Zalmai ask in the middle of the night?
Laila tells him that Rasheed left
Zalmai asks if its his fault that he left because of what he said at dinner
Mariam is certain the police will eventually find out she killed Rasheed. What does she plan to do?
turn herself in
What is the last image Laila has of Mariam?
Mariam waving goodbye to her
Walayat women's prison
dirty, and drab
children run around
In what ways is the prison inhumane?
no clean water
5+ people in a room
no privacy from the guards
Mariam remembers Nana telling her,"Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. Always." how do these words relate to Naghma?
In what ways does the judge show Mariam compassion? Do you think this is unusual?
The judge says he wishes there could be another punishment. It is very unusual because men, especially authority figures, don't show respect towards women
As Mariam signs her sentence, she remembers the last time she signed a document. how are both documents "death sentences"?
one sent her youthful self to die
one is actually sending her to her death bed
What is ironic about the guard who rides in the truck with Mariam?
cheerful and nice; tells her its okay to be scared
What does Mariam wish for in her last moments of life?
forgiveness and mercy
As Mariam draws nearer to her executioner, her regret is replaced by another feeling. Explain.
happiness that she has grown
What is the first thing Laila and Tariq do when they arrive in Murree?
What is the difference about the language the narrator uses in chapter 48?
What does Laila like about Murree, and how is it different from Kabul?
peaceful, silent, and safe
Laila dreams of hearing a women humming a Herati song. Who is the women and why does the dream leave Laila shaken
she doesn't know what exactly happened to Mariam
What news does Tariq bring at the beginning of chapter 49?
Ahmad Shah Massoud is dead
After September 11 terrorist attacks, the Taliban refuses to turn over Osama Bin Laden. Why?
he is a guest who has found sanctuary in Afghan
against Pashtunwali code
Tariq sugguests that the U.S. invasion of Afghan might not be so bad. Why does he believe this and what is Laila's reaction?
it might lead to a better future
war is war and it doesn't matter if people are dying
What evidence is there in chapter 49 that the children are starting to accept Tariq
Zalmai let Tariq hold him during the night when he wakes up sick
Why does Laila long to return to Kabul?
she misses her home
wants Babi and Mammy to see a better life through her eyes
How does Tariq respond to Laila's request to move back to Kabul?
supportive, loving, and understanding
What does the title of the novel mean?
there is positivity in everything
Why do you think the visit to see Mullah Faizullah is meaningful to Laila?
offers her closure
she is able to better understand Mariam's life
What is in the box Jalil left for Mariam?
envelope: expressing regrets in a letter
What has Laila done with Mariam's money?
sent her kids too school
takes over the orphanage
Summarize what Laila and her family are doing at the end of the novel
kids go to school
Tariq is working for a prosthetic company
Laila teaches at the orphanage
How does the novel end?
Laila is pregnant
if the baby is a girl her name will be Mariam
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