Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight Discussion Questions

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IB English III 6 September 2012 Summer Assignment 1. Fuller compares the smell of Africa to "black tea, cut tobacco, fresh fire, old sweat, young grass." She describes, "an explosion of day birds [. . .] a crashing of wings" and "the sound of heat. The grasshoppers and crickets sing and whine. Drying grass crackles. Dogs pant." How effective is the author in drawing the reader into her world with the senses of sound, smell, and taste? Can you find other examples of her ability to evoke a physical and emotional landscape that pulses with life? What else makes her writing style unique? Alexandra Fuller describes everything in great detail allowing the reader to feel as if the reader is with her while she goes through Africa. One example…show more content…
"Not in front of the servants. Never, ever pull down your shorts in front of an African again," Nicola says.Nicola was not the only white African to express hatred or dislike towards black Africans. Almost all white Africans in Rhodesia considered black Africans to be of a lower class. An example would be the schooling systems. On page 9 Fuller describes how "A" schools have the best teachers and facilities, but only white children can attend. Children of Indian descent or mixed races can only attend "B" schools, and black children can only attend "C" schools. Also many families, as well as the Fullers, had black cooks, maids, nannies, etc. White Africans never considered blacks as their equals and many mistreated blacks, but events throughout the novel establish that blacks did not like whites either. Fuller writes on pages 9-10 about how black children often tease her about having the wrong color skin. Another example would be the stares full of hatred towards the Fullers while passing through the TTL from the blacks on page 59. "We drive through the Tribal Trust Lands to get to town, past Africans whose hatred reflects like sun in a mirror into our faces, impossible to ignore. Young African men slouch aggressively against the walls of the taverns," writes Fuller. Racial tensions and cultural differences are very
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