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1. Explain Thai spiritual beliefs and identify the different kinds of Thai spirits such as khwan and phii. How accurate is Sleator's presentation of Thai spiritual beliefs?

2. How severe is pollution in Thailand? What kinds of pollution are there? Where is the pollution the worst? Where is the...

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1. Explain Thai spiritual beliefs and identify the different kinds of Thai spirits such as khwan and phii. How accurate is Sleator's presentation of Thai spiritual beliefs?

2. How severe is pollution in Thailand? What kinds of pollution are there? Where is the pollution the worst? Where is the least pollution?

3. Lek makes his living selling food from a push cart. What kinds of street vendors are there in Bangkok? What do they sell? How do they live?

4. Dom and his family are "falangs" in Thailand. What are falangs? Is the word complimentary? What are Thai attitudes toward outsiders?

5. Women in Lek's village chew a mixture of betel nut and tobacco, staining their teeth red. What kinds of tobacco products are used in Thailand? Do only women chew the betelnut-and-tobacco mixture? Where does the tobacco come from? How expensive is it?

6. What is the system of justice in Thailand? How does it function?

7. What is life like in a rural Thai village like the one described in Dangerous Wishes?

8. Identify a shrine in Thailand that is like Erewan in Dangerous Wishes, describe it, explain how it is maintained, and explain the role it plays in the lives of the people who visit it.

9. Much of the portrait of Thailand in Dangerous Wishes shows a mixture of the very old and the very modern. How has modern technology influenced Thai society?

10. Compare Dangerous Wishes to The Spirit House. Why would Sleator change from a first-person narrator in the earlier book to a third-person one in Dangerous Wishes? Why change the focus from Julie to Dom?

11. Thai expectations for teenagers seems different from American expectations for teenagers. What do Thais expect their teenagers to do? What roles do teenagers play in Thai society?

12. What is wail What are its origins? Why is it important in Thailand? What function does it serve in Thai society?

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