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1. There were a number of elements in the story, "The Singing Bone," that were fairly graphic. Why do you think these were necessary?

2. In the essay, "Speaking from the Throat," are the lines: "People need to know when something's not right. Now I've decided that if I have a problem, I will be the world's most high maintenance patient until it is fixed. I am done letting people tell me something is in my head when I know it's in my body." Can you identify with this perspective? Have you or a loved one had a similar experience?

3. "July Fourth" and "The Leonids," two poems by Barbara Daniels, both feature landscapes and light shows. What is the source of light in each poem and what does it illuminate?

4. In "Animal Rights," Sifa's attitude changes after meeting the girl in the next bed at the hospital. Why?

5. In "Cupco," we experience each of the four members of the family coming to the United States individually, some via arduous journey. What do you believe is in this family's future, based on how you've come know each of these characters?