What kind of question can I ask about chapter 5 of Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo?

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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In the book Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, chapter five presents many issues you could ask about.  Why does the husband listen to his wife's financial advice, which is not the normal way in a Muslim household?  Why does the poverty she lives in make Zehrunisa feel so awful about the smell in the house?  The question I would ask would have to do with the tradition of purdah.  Why does Zehrunisa no longer wish to return to the traditions of purdah?  She wanted to live her life that way at one time, but no longer does.  What are her reasons for the change in her vision of herself within her culture, which is a huge break with her former beliefs? 

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