Americans are often criticized for being ignorant and indifferent to cultures that exist beyond their own. To what extent do you believe this is true?
Where does the tension in this story lie? Did you guess the outcome?
Have you ever witnessed or participated in this kind of aggression against a group of people in your community? What was the outcome?
Do you think she has learned from her mistakes, or is she becoming mixed up in her own?
In what ways do the characters in these stories reject Western ideas and culture? In what ways do they buy into the American ideal?