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Lesson Plan September 15, 2017

Addressing Taboos Through Afghan Poetry



Questions for “Why Afghan Women Risk Death to Write Poetry”

  1. What does Pashtun tradition require Meena to do after her fiancé’s death?
  2. What could happen if Meena recited her poems in front of her brothers?
  3. How did Zarmina find out about Mirman Baheer?
  4. What do Zarmina and Amail’s poems have in common?
  5. What was the Golden Needle?
  6. Why did Eliza Griswold travel to Gereshk?
  7. What keeps the women’s advocate in Gereshk safe from the Taliban?
  8. How does Zarmina’s mother explain her daughter’s death?
  9. What prohibited Indian practice can Zarmina’s suicide be linked to?
  10. Why did Zarmina consider Amail lucky?

Questions for “Landay: An Introduction to ‘Snake,’ a Film by Seamus Murphy”

  1. What is remarkable to Murphy about the Pashtun women who write landais?
  2. How do the Afghan people contrast with the Afghan war?
  3. Why doesn’t Murphy accompany most poems with a portrait of a woman in his film?
  4. What do the women in the refugee camp bury under a pile of cushions?

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