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Which is more important in shaping a person’s personality: his genetic inheritance or his social environment? In other words, is ‘‘nurture’’ more important than ‘‘nature,’’ as the story would seem to suggest? If so, are people no more than the products of their environment? How might you be different had...

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Which is more important in shaping a person’s personality: his genetic inheritance or his social environment? In other words, is ‘‘nurture’’ more important than ‘‘nature,’’ as the story would seem to suggest? If so, are people no more than the products of their environment? How might you be different had you grown up in a different environment?

Research the topic of intercultural marriage. What are some of the problems typically encountered by people marrying someone from a different culture?

Do you think that Edward made the right choice or is Bateman right in thinking that he is wasting his life? Can their different sets of values be reconciled, or must a person always choose one or the other? Can one have what Edward wants— beauty, truth, and goodness—as well as the material values of American life?

Research the effects of the French colonization of Tahiti and other South Sea islands. What were the effects of colonialism? Were the islands helped or hindered by it? What role do the French play in French Polynesia today?

In 1995 and 1996, there were riots in Tahiti over the issue of French nuclear testing in the region, which had been going on since 1966. Research this issue. What were the rights and wrongs involved?

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