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In his memoir about growing up in South Africa, Trevor Noah primarily presents the conflict of humans versus society. Because society, politics, and the legal system were dominated by extreme...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019, 6:32 am (UTC)

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Church played a large role in Trevor Noah's upbringing because his mother is a very religious woman who never misses church. Noah was at church more evenings than he wasn't as a child; he says he...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2019, 2:00 am (UTC)

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In Born a Crime, Trevor Noah makes it clear that his mother, Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, had a single-minded, sometimes ferocious dedication to his upbringing and to ensuring the he had the widest...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2020, 8:37 pm (UTC)

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The title of chapter 13 of Born a Crime—"Colorblind"—is significant because it deals with Trevor's family moving into Highlands North, a white neighborhood. They are only able to do this because...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2020, 11:13 am (UTC)

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Initially, Patricia's choices were determined by the limitations of South Africa's race-mixing policies. Under the segregationist laws of the apartheid era, all race-mixing was illegal. This means...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2021, 4:29 pm (UTC)

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When Trevor was growing up, black and colored people in South Africa had few opportunities. They lived in a society that constantly reminded them that they could never achieve what white people...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020, 9:07 pm (UTC)

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Trevor and his mother, Patricia, used their fluency in a variety of languages to fit in with different groups of people because, as he says, you can use language to "convince people that they are...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019, 2:54 pm (UTC)

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The historical context to Trevor Noah's Born a Crime is the draconian laws of apartheid South Africa. It is thanks to these laws that his birth to interracial parents was considered to be a crime....

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019, 3:54 pm (UTC)

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I would argue that the central idea or theme of Trevor Noah's Born a Crime is that any hardship can be overcome. One of the first things we learn in the story is that thanks to the draconian laws...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2020, 11:24 am (UTC)

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In Born a Crime, Trevor Noah describes the apartheid policy of the South African government from 1948 until the 1990s as a lethal combination of slavery, segregation, and displacement, adding, The...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2021, 12:21 pm (UTC)

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Trevor Noah’s grandmother, Frances, has nothing against beating naughty children. In chapter four of Born a Crime, “Chameleon,” Frances beats Trevor’s cousins, Bulelwa and Mlungisi, after finding...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019, 7:18 am (UTC)

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Temperance Noah was the only somewhat consistent male figure in Trevor Noah's life. According to Noah, "The only semi-regular male figure in my life was my grandfather, my mother's father." He...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2019, 11:02 pm (UTC)

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The title of Trevor Noah's Born a Crime is critical to understanding how race had an impact on the understanding of himself. He's alive only because his parents both technically committed a crime....

Latest answer posted January 17, 2020, 7:43 pm (UTC)

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Trevor Noah and his mother end up with two dogs when his mother's coworker offers them up. The coworker's dog is a Maltese poodle who mated with the neighbor's bull terrier. Noah calls this "a...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2019, 11:09 pm (UTC)

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As you already note, Trevor's Noah's mom has had a huge impact on his life. As Noah says in Born a Crime: "She was my mom. She was my teammate. It had always been me and her together. Me and her...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2020, 5:59 pm (UTC)

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The Immorality Act of 1927 made it a crime in South Africa for any white people to have sexual intercourse with Black people. By today's standards, this is of course a ridiculous and offensive law....

Latest answer posted March 27, 2021, 11:20 am (UTC)

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Humor was a very important part of Trevor's upbringing. Born to a white father and black mother in apartheid-era South Africa, he learned from an early age that humor was a coping mechanism to deal...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2019, 10:31 am (UTC)

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Trevor's mother Patricia was 44 years old when she became pregnant with her third son, Isaac. This came as something of a surprise to her as she'd had her tubes tied and so didn't believe that...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2019, 4:58 am (UTC)

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As described by Trevor Noah in Born a Crime, the end of the system of racial oppression known as apartheid was unequivocally a good thing. Yet at the same time, he acknowledges that the dismantling...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2021, 8:19 am (UTC)

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Born a Crime tells a very personal story, and one that could only come from a particular time and place. For Trevor Noah to effectively tell his story, it is necessary to understand the greater...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021, 4:25 pm (UTC)

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Trevor Noah was born in South Africa in 1984, when apartheid was still very much an issue. Noah's mother was Xhosa and his father was a German-Swiss white man, and it was illegal for "mixed races"...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2019, 2:49 pm (UTC)

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The schools founded by the British missionaries were designed to "civilize" black Africans, to spread the benefits of Western civilization among those who they considered to be the poor, benighted...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019, 6:27 am (UTC)

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Trevor Noah's Born A Crime has value because of Trevor Noah's unique and compelling voice and his wide appeal. Noah, best known for his work on The Daily Show, tells the story of his life under...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2019, 12:57 pm (UTC)

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A large part of the final chapter of Trevor Noah's autobiography Born A Crime is about the deterioration of Trevor's mother's marriage to Abel. Over the years, Trevor has become used to Abel's...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019, 10:57 pm (UTC)

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One day, young Trevor gets into serious mischief. When playing surgeon he accidentally breaks his cousin's eardrum. Everyone else involved gets a good hiding from Trevor's grandmother Frances, but...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019, 8:28 am (UTC)

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In Born a Crime, Trevor Noah provides the unique perspective of a mixed-race South African having grown up during apartheid. His father is of German-Swiss ancestry, and his mother is Xhosa. Under...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2019, 1:50 am (UTC)

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The book is a memoir by Trevor Noah. It starts with a description of his mother's life in South Africa during apartheid. During the apartheid regime, black Africans were severely limited with...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2020, 12:46 pm (UTC)

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Trevor was a difficult child to care for early in his life because of apartheid. During his very early life, his father could not acknowledge his paternity, because having a mixed-race child was a...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019, 12:57 pm (UTC)

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In the ninth grade, Noah meets a new student at his school named Bolo. Bolo is entrepreneurial, setting up a black-market business to sell pirated video games and CDs with his partner Daniel. The...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019, 8:29 pm (UTC)

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In apartheid-era South Africa, demographic groups were classified to delineate their legal rights and privileges under the stratified segregationist government. Whites were afforded the most...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2021, 2:20 am (UTC)

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In Born a Crime, Trevor Noah highlights the effects of a society stratified according to arbitrary racial designations. One of the inconsistencies he notes is the difference between how Japanese...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2021, 2:01 am (UTC)

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This prompt is asking you to consider how the author (in this case, Trevor Noah) discusses how he views himself and how other people view him. In his memoir Born a Crime, he explains how he was...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2021, 2:31 pm (UTC)

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