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1. Explain the main complaints Morning Girl has about her brother Star Boy, and give examples from the text.

2. What do you think Star Boy complains about most where Morning Girl is concerned? Can you find details in the story to back up your ideas?

3. In what ways...

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1. Explain the main complaints Morning Girl has about her brother Star Boy, and give examples from the text.

2. What do you think Star Boy complains about most where Morning Girl is concerned? Can you find details in the story to back up your ideas?

3. In what ways is the tree that Star Boy shelters beneath a symbol for the life of his family? How is it a symbol for the life of the entire tribe?

4. What events lead Morning Girl to change her opinion about her brother?

5. Why are the disapproving looks of the adults at the feast after the hurricane so disturbing to Morning Girl? Why doesn't Star Boy notice these disapproving looks?

6. What things in the story support your preconceptions of what life was like for Native Americans before Columbus came? What do you find surprising about the portrayal of Native culture in this novel?

7. Why do you think the novel is called Morning Girl, when half the story is devoted to Star Boy? Why is the novel not called Morning Girl and Her Brother, or Morning Girl and Star Boy?

8. Look up what a "homonym" is. What is the homonym in the title of Morning Girl? Does the homonym give you a better sense of what the end of the story might mean?

9. Read the epilogue (the excerpt from Columbus' journal) carefully. What does he not understand about the Native Americans? What assumptions does he make about their lives and what they need?

10. Morning Girl is concerned about how she looks. Why is it so important to know one's physical appearance? Is it more or less important today? How do you think your life would be different if there were no mirrors or reflective surfaces in our world?

11. How would this story be different if told from the parents' point of view? From the point of view of an early explorer? From an omniscient narrator writing from a twentieth-century perspective?

12. How do you think Morning Girl would react to Europe if she were one of the Natives Columbus took back?

13. Columbus writes that the natives need to learn to "speak." But we have heard them speaking throughout the novel. What does Columbus mean by "speak"?

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