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What are five major conflicts in A Long Walk To Water and why?

In A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Parker, the reader follows the stories of two Sudanese children who live twenty-five years apart and who both face external and internal conflicts. Because of...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2020 9:39 pm UTC

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Why were the rebels fighting against the government in A Long Walk to Water?

The rebels have been fighting the Sudanese government for decades in a long, drawn-out civil war that has caused widespread death and devastation. They want to separate from the rest of Sudan to...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 4:55 am UTC

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Of all the difficulties that Salva has faced, which do you think is the worst?

Salva faces various difficulties while running away from the war in Southern Sudan. One of the worst is when he is abandoned by his fellow villagers, from the village of Loun-Ariik, at the start of...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2018 3:40 pm UTC

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How does water dictate Nya's life?

Water dictates Nya's whole life. She lives in a remote village in Sudan during a particularly long and brutal civil war. For most of the year, she needs to make two long walks a day to a pond in...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2017 9:46 am UTC

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How does the title fit both Salva and Nya’s journeys?

The title “A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story” fits Nya’s journey as she and the whole of her village endure years of acute water shortages before a well is finally dug in the village....

Latest answer posted March 25, 2018 4:45 am UTC

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What is the exposition of A Long Walk to Water? What is the initial incident?

The exposition and inciting incident of A Long Walk to Water are very important, as they provide us with the historical background against which the action of the book takes place. As the story...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2020 8:37 am UTC

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In A Long Walk to Water, what is Salva's role to the reader influentially and morally?

In the novel A Long Walk to Water, Salva plays a significant role to the reader in several different contexts. This novel is unique in the sense that it tells the stories of one fictional character...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2016 5:44 am UTC

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What is the summary for A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story?

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story is a young adult novel (self-proclaimed as based on a true story) about two main characters: Salva and Nya, who live in the Sudan. In the mid 1980s,...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2015 5:25 pm UTC

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What do Salva and his group face when they reach the other people in the desert in A Long Walk to Water?

Salva and his companions encounter a group of six soldiers as they walk through the desert in chapter 10. The other men are armed with rifles and machetes and are part of the Nuer tribe. They order...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 2:29 pm UTC

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In A Long Walk to Water, what is Uncle's plan once he drops Salva off at the refugee camp in Ethiopia?

Salva is amazed and gladdened in equal measure by the sudden re-appearance of his Uncle Jewiir after so many years. He now feels so much safer to have this experienced soldier with him on the long,...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 5:13 am UTC

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Is Nya from A Long Walk to Water a flat or dynamic character?

I think an argument could be made for both of these options. Nya as a Flat Character Salva is a truly dynamic character, so Nya often can seem flat by comparison. We get to read very little about...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 1:26 am UTC

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How is Salva described in A Long Walk to Water?

A Long Walk to Water is a short novel which is based on the true story of one of the Sudanese “Lost Boys” who were airlifted to the United States in the mid-1990s. The novel was written by Linda...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019 2:52 am UTC

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In each of the chapters in A Long Walk to Water so far, the author tells Nya's story first. Why do you think she does...

There really isn't a "wrong" answer to this question, but here are a few possible interpretations: Nya's story grounds the reader in the present, so beginning each chapter with her story could help...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 1:18 am UTC

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What is the role of water in A Long Walk to Water?  

In A Long Walk to Water, water works as a symbol. A symbol in literature is something—be it a person, an object, an action, or an event—that is representative of something other than its literal...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019 3:28 am UTC

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How do Salva and Nya demonstrate kindness in A Long Walk to Water?

Salva shows kindness by working hard to provide the people of Nya's village with a regular supply of clean, safe, drinkable water. This is something that most of us in the developed world take for...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 5:03 am UTC

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How does it feel to Salva to be without a family in A Long Walk to Water? What has he lost?

For Salva, “family” meant far more than the nuclear family of parents and siblings that has become typical in heavily urbanized countries. Living in a small village, many of his fellow Dinka people...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019 2:18 am UTC

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Who was the protagonist in A Long Walk to Water?

A Long Walk to Water is a 2010 fictional novel written by American author Linda Sue Park. It is based on a true story and centers around a kind-hearted, selfless boy named Salva Dut, who gets...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 12:39 am UTC

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List all the elements that threatened Salva’s survival in A Long Walk to Water. Which one do you think is the worst?

1) Lions. There are lions in this part of the world, ready to leap out of the bush at any moment and attack the unsuspecting passer-by. As he makes his way on the long, hard journey to Ethiopia,...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 6:20 am UTC

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In A Long Walk to Water, what is a good description of Nya?

Among other characteristics, Nya can be described as tenacious, someone who never gives up, no matter how hard life may be. But then again, she has to be like this. For Nya and her loved ones, this...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 4:43 am UTC

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What page of A Long Walk To Water is this quote on? "Despite the numbness in his heart, Salva was amazed to find...

This quote comes on page 65 in the novel. Salva has experienced horrible events so far. His uncle has been killed and buried just prior to this, and he is walking on in hopes of finding refuge at a...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 8:04 pm UTC

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Write a comparison of the drilling boss to Salva in terms of their skills working with people in A Long Walk to Water.

One day, some men arrive in Nya's village and consult with the village elder. At first, it's not clear what's happening. But Nya soon realizes that the men have come to build a well that will...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2020 8:39 am UTC

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Salva stops just before leaving for the airport because he realizes he is leaving his old life behind. Why does this...

After traveling for many hours to arrive in Rochester, New York, Salva is about to step out of the terminal doors for the first time in America. His journey has been a long one, waiting in a...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 6:55 pm UTC

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How do the characters' points-of-view affect the overall narration in A Long Walk to Water?

In A Long Walk to Water, Linda Sue Park makes a very intentional narrative choice by alternating between two different characters living separate (though related) lives. By alternating between...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 3:48 pm UTC

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What is the impact of having two different points of view in A Long Walk to Water?

Nya and Salva grew up in different times and have radically different experiences, which include their staying in Sudan and moving to the United States, respectively. In addition, gender shaped...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019 9:16 pm UTC

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The author of A Long Walk To Water provides at least two clues that the water Nya drinks in chapter 3 may not be...

We discover that it's not just people, but also animals, that drink from the water. This practically guarantees that the water isn't completely safe to drink. All kinds of diseases can be...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 10:40 am UTC

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How does Linda Sue Park connect the two characters at the novel's conclusion?

The novel A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park, is written from two different perspectives. Through alternating chapters, the reader learns the individual stories of Salva, a young boy, and Nya,...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019 11:36 pm UTC

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What is the history between the Nuers and the Dinka tribe?

The Nuer and Dinka have a long history of trouble between them. It's not certain exactly when this long-standing feud began, but there's no doubt why there's such animosity between the two tribes:...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2020 12:36 pm UTC

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How did attitudes to killing change with the introduction of guns in A Long Walk to Water?

I'm not certain that attitudes to killing do change in A Long Walk to Water. Guns are introduced very early in the story, as Salva hears gunfire during the first chapters when he must flee his...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 1:38 am UTC

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What was Salva doing when he heard the gunfire and ran into the bush?

The novel A Long Walk to the Water by Linda Sue Park opens to the main character, Salva, sitting in school, trying to pay attention to the teacher but mostly just daydreaming about food and looking...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019 11:09 pm UTC

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What does school look like in the refugee camp for Salve.

The protagonist of Linda Sue Park's A Long Walk to Water is Salve Dut, a member of the Dinka tribe (one of several tribes native to Sudan). A liberation movement arose to protest lack of autonomy...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2020 6:48 pm UTC

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