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TED Talks: Novelist Chimamanda Adichie Discussion Questions

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TED Talks: Novelist Chimamanda Adichie Discussion Questions

  1. Comprehension: What does it mean to have only one single story of literature?

  1. Comprehension: What are the dangers of a single story, according to Chimamanda Adichie?

  1. Application: Because we likely did not grow up in Nigeria, and likely only know about Africa from popular images, how can we keep from thinking it’s just “a place of beautiful landscapes, beautiful animals, and incomprehensible people, fighting senseless wars, dying of poverty and AIDS, unable to speak for themselves, and waiting to be saved, by a kind, white foreigner”?

  1. Inference: Adichie says, “Show a people as one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.” Why is this a problem?

  1. Inference: What does Adichie mean by, “And the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete”?

  1. Connection: Is there a single story of a people or a country that you have?

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