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State of Wonder
by Patchett, Ann
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1. How would you describe Marina Singh? How has the past shaped her character? Discuss the anxieties that are manifested in her dreams.

2. Marina was from Minnesota. No one ever believed that. At the point when she could have taken a job anywhere she came back because she loved it here. This landscape was the one she understood, all prairie and sky. What does this description say about the character?

3. Consider Anniks research in the Amazon. Should women of any age be able to have children? What are the benefits and the downsides? Why does this ability seem to work in the Lakashi culture? What impact does this research ultimately have on Marina? Whether you are a man or woman, would you want to have a child in your fifties or sixties? How far should modern science go to improve on nature?

4. In talking about her experiences with the indigenous people, Annik explains, the question is whether or not you choose to disturb the world around you; or if you choose to go on as if you had never arrived.  How does Marina respond to this? Did Annik practice what she preached? How do these womens early choices impact later events and decisions? How does Anniks statement extend beyond the Amazon to the wider world? Would you rather make a disturbance in life, or go along quietly?

5. What is your opinion of the choices Marina made regarding Easter? What role did the boy play in the story? Do you think Marina will ever have the childone like Easterthat she wants?

6. What do you think happens to Marina after she returns home?

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