This is a complete, detailed, and all-original set of response questions and prompts for every single chapter of the autobiographical novel "What is the What" by Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng. None of this material comes from any online sources such as book groups or publisher pages, this is all original, unique material.
"What is the What" is a reconstruction of the life of Deng, one of the famous "Lost Boys of Sudan" who fled the Sudanese civil war on foot for Ethiopia, Kenya and eventually the U.S. This award-winning story is a powerful tale of adaptation, struggle and survival, both in the horrors of war and life as a refugee, and also an insightful glimpse into the experiences of immigrants to the U.S.
Dave Eggers is a brilliant writer, and the book offers plenty of opportunity to study literary craft, as well as important social and political issues. This book is becoming more and more popular among teachers of Language Arts and Contemporary Social Studies, and this resource is a great tool for checking student understanding, sparking discussion and debate, and developing expository, persuasive and reflective writing skills.
This set of questions addresses both the content and literary style of the book, and can be used equally well as writing or discussion prompts, as homework or in class.