Reluctant Fundamentalist Practice Prompts

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Year 12 English – Term 1 Holiday Homework Section 1: Students need to complete 5 separate dot point essay plans for The Reluctant Fundamentalist and write one (or more) full essay to be handed in at the beginning of Term 2. Section 2: Students also need to collect resources and information (in a scrap/workbook) for their chosen Issues Oral topic (at least 5 current/relevant media articles). The 5 articles will also be checked first class back in Term 2. Section 1: Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid Practice ESSAY TOPICS 1. ‘Despite the use of first-person narration in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Changez remains a stranger to us in the novel.’ Do you agree? 2. ‘Background has a more powerful influence on a person’s life than their temperament.’ Discuss this statement with reference to characters in The Reluctant Fundamentalist. 3. Could doubts about the American’s role be misplaced? With evidence from the text discuss whether or not he is a sinister character. 4. Examine the importance of setting and atmosphere in The Reluctant Fundamentalist. 5. If his relationship with Erica had developed more positively, Changez would have remained in America. Discuss. 6. There are a number of references to film and fiction in The Reluctant Fundamentalist. What clues do they give us to understanding the narrative? 7. ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a sad novel because it is about the loss of innocence.’ Discuss. 8. Changez tells the American, ‘Your senses are as acute as those of a fox in the wild’. Discuss the various references to predator and prey. 9. ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist is as much about America as it is about Pakistan.’ Discuss. 10. ‘Changez’s narcissism means that he is divorced from reality.’ Discuss. 11. The first person narrative in the form of a monologue invades our reading
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