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1. In North American families, what living arrangements are commonly made by and for people of advanced years? When mobility, health or disability is a factor, what options are available in large cities? What about smaller communities or rural populations?

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2. What forms of family planning, birth control and abortion were available to people born in a similar time and place to Hagar? How many pregnancies could women (married and unmarried) expect to have? What percentage of women died in childbirth?

3. Tuberculosis is a far more contagious disease than AIDS/HIV. How many people contracted tuberculosis in 1900? In 1950? In 2000? What factors influence the number of people becoming ill with tuberculosis each year? Why is the number currently increasing?

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4. What sexual behaviors were considered possible options for men and for women when Hagar was a child? When she was a woman? When her sons were growing up? What were the consequences if a man behaved in socially acceptable ways? Or unacceptable ways? What were the consequences for a woman?

5. A family history book can be more than just a family tree with names and dates. See if you can find photographs of each person—individual pictures, candid and informal or group photos. Try to collect a story about each person, to be a piece of personal history such as an important life event, a favorite joke or recipe.

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6. A community history book can also be more than just a list of names and dates, although some names can go back to a town's founding. What changes have come to your community since it began? Is the geology of the region important to local industry or to the layout of the buildings and roads? Is your community known for an unusual reason or a famous person, or can you say what makes life there "ordinary?"

7. What opportunities for education existed when Hagar was a girl? What did an education cost then, in dollars (compared to the cost of a loaf of bread or a wedding ring or a small house)? What did it cost in time spent away from family? What life choices were possible with an education? What factors kept such opportunities from being available to anyone?

8. What land was given to settlers in the province of Manitoba? Who lived there before the land was sectioned out and the railway laid? What Father of Confederation was born in the Red River colony that he later represented as a province in the confederation of Canada? Why was it possible that twenty years later he could be hanged as a traitor?

9. Where did the settlers come from, who farmed and built towns in Manitoba? Were they different from the people who settled in other western provinces? How did they interact with the aboriginal people and the Metis?

10. How is climate a determining factor in our lives? How does climate affect industry, housing and activities in your own community? Is there an "ideal" climate for human living?

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