These questions should be reviewed before reading the material,
as well as after. Be prepared to answer these questions in class.
Why is Suzanne, an American, in this Arabic country? Why
is she having to leave at the end of her section?
Can Suzanne be trusted as a narrator? Is there evidence that
she sometimes exaggerates or makes things up?
In your opinion, what ends Suzanne and Maaz' affair?
Suzanne also had a job, but like Suha, gives that job up
eventually. Why does Suzanne, especially in comparison/contrast
to Suha, give up her job?
Nur, like several of the other women, has had several marriages.
However, her attitude and response to those marriages appears
to be very different. Why?
Saleh makes the claim that Nur's problems are due to her
upbringing. What problems does he mean, and how did her upbringing
At one point, Nur indicates that "more and more I felt
that marriage meant freedom, and especially material freedom."
What does she mean by this? Why does she feel this way, and
Suha and Tamr, at least, don't?
Explain what Nur does that causes Saleh to refuse to allow
her to travel and threaten her with divorce.