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Dreams from My Father

In the book Dreams From My Father, what is the central idea?

The central idea of Dreams From My Father is the importance of identity. As someone from a mixed-race background Barack Obama has to find his place in American society and this means constructing...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2019 9:03 am UTC

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What is the thesis statement for Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama?

The thesis statement for Dreams From My Father is ultimately a narrative retelling of Barack Obama's life. He explains in the introduction that he resisted writing such a book but was drawn to do...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 7:58 pm UTC

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What is the thesis of Dreams From My Father, and what specific examples support the thesis?

This is largely a memoir about Obama’s desire to rediscover his roots and understand what it means to be a black man in the US. Certain scenes paint a picture of what this has meant for Obama. In...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 9:34 pm UTC

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What is a specific quote from Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama?

Barack Obama wrote the book when he had been elected to the US Senate. While he found it important to appreciate the legacy of his Kenyan ancestry, more specifically he wrote it to improve his...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019 6:05 am UTC

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What impact does his father's absence have on Obama's life? How does he cope with this, or fail to?

In terms of how his father's absence left an impact, President Obama makes some very compelling points in his memoir. The absence of his father forces him, to a great extent, to make peace with...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2009 7:40 pm UTC

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Who are the main characters in the book Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama?

Dreams from My Father is really Obama’s memoir; therefore, the characters are all people who have influenced his life. However, it's important to note that Obama has acknowledged that he has...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019 12:03 am UTC

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Please explain the following quote from Barack Obama's Dreams From My Father: I learned to slip back and forth...

This quote comes from Barack Obama's 1995 memoir, Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. The quote refers to his struggles as a bi-racial child and adolescent to bridge the two...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019 6:22 pm UTC

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How did Obama oppose racism in Dreams From my Father? Provide textual evidence of this. 

In Barack Obama's memoir, Dreams From My Father, Obama opposes racism by confronting it in its presence and in its absence. In the first chapter, Obama talks about his father's time as a student...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2017 12:52 am UTC

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What is the most memorable event in Dreams from My Father?

Before Obama started law school, he went to Kenya to visit his father’s family. This was a life-changing trip for him—one he felt compelled to take in order to come to terms with his father’s...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2018 2:09 pm UTC

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Describe the major characters in "Dreams from My Father" by Barack Obama.

Dreams from My Father is an autobiographical work written by Barack Obama. It was first published in 1995 and republished in 2004 when Obama was elected to the United States Senate. The protagonist...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2018 12:20 am UTC

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Education and the American Dream in Barack Obama's Dreams from my Father 

President Obama’s memoir and contemplation of the legacies handed to him by his parents, Dreams from my Father, is very heavily influenced by his experiences with and around education, both as a...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2014 9:33 pm UTC

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In Dreams from My Father, when Barack Obama makes his trip to Kenya, what does he come to understand about his father...

In former president Barack Obama’s poignant memoir, Dreams from My Father, he reveals his desire to return to his roots in Kenya. Being of mixed heritage, Obama questions his African identity, as...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2018 6:22 pm UTC

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Why does Barack Obama say he became a community organizer in Dreams From My Father?

When Barack Obama finished his undergraduate education at Columbia University, he decided to work as a community organizer and applied to a number of organizations (Chapter Seven). However, he did...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2019 2:56 am UTC

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In Dreams from My Father, what were Obama's difficulties as a kid who was a social "outcast"?

One of the greatest difficulties that Barack experienced as a social "outcast" kid was being unable to find a "home" in any social group. As a kid, Barack Obama was different in many ways. He was...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2015 4:39 pm UTC

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What does Barack think is the only way to bring about lasting social and economic change based on his book Dreams...

Barack’s book focuses more on his personal development than concrete suggestions for American social development. However, he reflects on the lessons he’s learned about his own identity in the...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020 10:23 pm UTC

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How did Obama rise to become an outstanding leader in Dreams from My Father? Provide textual evidence of this. 

The book is divided into three main sections: Origins, Chicago, and Kenya. Focus on the chapters in the Chicago section to answer this question. Obama has taken a job in the city to help organize...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2016 10:14 am UTC

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What does Obama learn in Kenya  in Dreams from My Father?

The full grasp of Obama's identity is the central focus of the time he spent in Kenya. The comprehension of one's racial and ethnic identity for someone born of heritage that is not the cultural...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2011 9:44 am UTC

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In Dreams From My Father, what impact does his father's absence have on Obama's life?  How does he cope with this, or...

One of the ways in which Obama's mother helped compensate for his father's absence was to include her parents (Obama's grandparents) in his life to a great extent. Young Obama lived in Wichita,...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019 1:43 am UTC

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What were some of the social challenges Obama faced?

In the book Dreams from My Father, Obama explains that he was mainly raised by his grandparents Stanley and Madelyn Dunham. His grandfather served in the US Army, where he was exposed to people...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017 6:15 pm UTC

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What are the characteristics of Obama in Dreams from My Father?

Some characteristics of Barack Obama in Dreams From My Father include perseverance, positivity, and pensiveness. One area where Obama is particularly pensive is the gulf between the two backgrounds...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 1:04 am UTC

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How does his father's absence from much of his life affect Obama in the text?

Based on Obama's anecdotes and personal thoughts in Dreams from My Father, his father's absence affected him negatively when he was younger, but later became a source of motivation. Obama had to...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2018 5:56 pm UTC

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What is President Obama's thesis or point of view in general? based off of Dreams from my Father

In a very general sense, the President's memoir is an articulation of race and race relations through his own experience. The memoir examines his own interactions through the lens of race and...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2009 9:14 am UTC

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What is a turning point in Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama?

A significant turning point in Barack Obama’s first memoir occurs when the young man decides to change direction in his career path. In his early twenties, after completing his undergraduate...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2020 5:24 am UTC

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What lesson does President Obama learn by "going home" at the end of the book?

As President Obama goes back to Kenya at the end of the work, he begins to understand the implications of his background and his heritage. In seeing life in Kenya, he grasps the difficulty of life...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2009 2:56 am UTC

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Barack Obama's dreams shape his identity and help him to become a success, Do you agree? Barack Obama's dreams shape...

I certainly think that this is a desired outcome from the narrative. Obama frames the narrative presented as one where his dreams and vision of the future are ones born out of challenge and...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2011 10:06 pm UTC

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How does Barack Obama's description of "slip[ing] back and forth" between his black and white worlds in Dreams from...

First, let's look at what Du Bois means when he uses the term "double consciousness." Here's what he writes in The Souls of Black Folk: The Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019 3:21 am UTC

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how does Obama resist racism in Dreams From My Father?

Obama writes that he was able to find avenues that enabled him to resist racism. His work as a community organizer allowed him to recognize that assisting others is the best way to repel racism....

Latest answer posted July 19, 2013 2:00 am UTC

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Who are the main characters inDreams from My Father?

InDreams from My Father,Barack Obama is the main character. The story centers around his early life and career and it is his inner conflict over the role race and heritage will play in his life...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2013 3:47 am UTC

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In Dreams from My Father, discuss the implications of the statement that "We are all bound by others' perception of...

For the author, there is a significant desire to discuss how the implications of race defines one's identity and sense of self. Barack Obama is in a unique role and position to assess this. In...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2012 10:00 am UTC

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In Dreams from My Father, what difficulties does Obama describe having as a child?

When Obama lived in Indonesia as a young child, he encountered the problem of trying to understand the violence and tragedy that he saw and heard around him. For example, he saw a man with a hole...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2017 2:07 am UTC

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How does the author end this introductory section? What is the effect of ending this section of the text in this way?

This question may refer to the opening of Chapter One. Obama begins his story with the telephone call that tells him his father has died in a car accident in Kenya. He himself isn’t sure how to...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016 11:50 am UTC

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Who are two people who influences Obama in Dreams from My Father? Describe Obama's relationship with his mother,...

Can't answer all of those in a 90 word space, but let's get you started. Barack Obama writes of being heavily influenced by two people, his mother and his grandfather. Having only seen his father...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2010 3:08 am UTC

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Describe Obama´s relationship with his mother, grandmother & grandfather in Dreams from My Father. Does he always...

Barack Obama's mother is a pivotal figure in his life, as she raises him much of the time, pushes him to seriously pursue his education, and is one of his inspirations. That being said, her failed...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010 6:43 am UTC

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What is Barack Obama's family story, and what were his main issues growing up?

President Obama's mother was born in Kansas, his father in Kenya. They met in Hawaii while both were college students. Although she was white and he was black, they became friends, then lovers....

Latest answer posted July 13, 2009 2:11 pm UTC

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Discuss your thoughts on the following statement:  Dreams from My Father is the story of Barack Obama's search for...

To me, Dreams of My Fatheris not so much of a search as it is an exploration. Barack Obama is not expressing a desire to seek out and find his father, but rather is involved in the process of...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2012 1:55 pm UTC

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What does Obama think about NYC?

As the story begins, Barack Obama is living in a small apartment in New York City, on the "unnamed, shifting border" between East Harlem and the rest of Manhattan. Obama appreciates the vibrancy of...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2018 7:07 am UTC

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Do you have study questions for Dreams of My Father?

If you are speaking of Barack Obama's book, you can find various discussion questions from a study group on his campaign website.One of the overarching questions in the autobiography is: How are...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2008 7:35 am UTC

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Joyce, Regina, and Marcus are three of the several characters Obama meets during his two years studying at Occidental...

Joyce, another student at Occidental College, lives in the same dormitory as Barack Obama. She describes herself as “multiracial”: her father is Italian and her mother is “part” several...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 6:17 am UTC

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Why was it important for Barack Obama to visit Kenya in Dreams From My Father?

In Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama realizes that he can never truly understand who he is without understanding the country of his ancestors. Throughout the book, Obama grapples with the mystery...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2013 3:39 am UTC

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Assess the following statement in Dreams from My Father:  "Obama succeeds because he knows himself."

This will be challenging because there are several layers of ambiguity present. The first is the premise of "knowing thyself," to borrow a Transcendental bromide. Whether or not anyone "knows...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2011 6:46 pm UTC

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Discuss the effects of critical events in Barack Obama's life.

Seeing that the President just celebrated his 50th birthday this past week, this is a timely question. Certainly, I think that one can see much of his early childhood as not necessarily "good" or...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2011 4:54 pm UTC

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Do you think anything that went on in his childhood affected his political policies of the present? like his...

I think it is safe to say that President Obama's childhood has an influence on his political beliefs. All of us form our beliefs and opinions as children and then may change them as adults as we...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2010 5:50 am UTC

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How does Obama characterize his mother’s parents? What significance does Hawaii have in his account of these...

I think that Obama asserts that his grandparents had a profound impact on his development as a young man and also on his views towards race in America. His depiction of his relationship with his...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2010 9:35 pm UTC

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Who is Auma Obama?

Dr. Auma Obama is a Kenyan activist, sociologist, and political campaigner. She's the half-sister of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States of America. Auma was born to Barack Obama...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2018 7:43 am UTC

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Discuss the following statement:  "Obama's journey is more important than his destination."in Dreams from My Father

This is a challenging question. If the statement is in reference to the narrative presented in his memoirs, Dreams from My Father, there is much in way of truth present. Obama displays himself as...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2011 9:44 pm UTC

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In paragraph 21 of Dreams Of My Father, why does Obama say, "careful to clap whenever he claps"? What does this...

Barack wants to make sure he's on the same wavelength as his father. That is why he's so keen to keep time the same way as his father does at the jazz concert, clapping whenever he claps. By doing...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2019 7:55 am UTC

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Why is this month with his father so important to Obama? Which memories of his father are most vivid to him?

Looking back on his life, Barack Obama can see that the one month he spent with his birth father was of key importance. It marked their only time together. Dr. Obama passed away in 1982, when his...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016 10:55 am UTC

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Who are the main characters?  

Because the book is nonfiction, the individuals portrayed in it are real people rather than “characters,” a term that is generally reserved for people in fictional works. Dream from My Father is a...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 7:17 pm UTC

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In Dreams from My Father, when his father visits him, how does the real man compare to the figure of his imagination?

As already indicated, the vision of what was in the mind could not match what reality offered. The narrative reflects how the vision of his father's reappearance held out a great deal of hope at...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2010 6:27 am UTC

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How did Obama’s personal story help to shape his trajectory towards the presidency?

Barack Obama's memoir Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance was published in 1995, years before he was elected into the Senate (and later, into the presidency). The story he tells...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2017 6:10 pm UTC

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