Choose one prompt:
When Ma and Ba discover Minli is gone, they react
in different ways. How does Ba react? How does
Ma react? Use details from the story to explain your
answer. Be sure to explain what is meant by, “Her
words cut into Ba like slices from a knife.”
Ma and Ba see footprints and a line in the dirt that
they think might lead them to Minli. Do you think
these footprints belong to Minli? Why or why not?
Minli hears a strange sound. Her curiosity makes her
forget about her thirst. How do you think Minli feels
when she discovers what is making the sound? How
would you react if you were in Minli’s place?
What did Ma and Ba discover when they followed
the noise in the forest? How do you think they felt
when they discovered this person?
The author uses a writing technique that involves
changing perspectives between chapters. Why do
you think the author chose to do this? How does it
help the reader draw connections between and among characters? How does it add suspense to the story?