Discussion will take place in the library office.
Brady Neujahr
Emma Maierhofer
Grace O'Donnell
Kate Gerencer

1. Student Facilitator(s): Brady

For discussion

Issues and Ideas:
•Political Corruption
•LaMamo in the rebel army
•The polices treatment of the people

Analytical question:
•Lamamo and Mamo seem like they have a close relationship, but why then would LaMamo leave Mamo?
•Does Lamang have resentment towards the twins because their mother died in childbirth?
•How does Mamo manage to live with sickle cell anemia in a place that is so medically behind?
•Does Asabar feel trapped by Lamang's power or does he commit the crimes because he believes in what he is doing?
• If you had been in the same position as LaMamo, and had to leave your sibling and all you knew because they couldn't make it, would you?
• What does Zara represent in the book?
• Why is the book called measuring time?
• Why was the Mai not enthusiastic at all about the book and the Waziri was pushing the book so much? pg 255 example
• Why did LaMamo lead the riot when he first got back if he knew that there was the risk of him dying?
• Why is Mamo so shy about sharing his writing?
• Compare and contrast the different relationships of the 3 boys in the story: Bintou and LaMamo, Mamo and Zara, and Asabar and Jummai.260 How are they different and alike?
• Why are Zara's mother and sister so against her leaving her first husband even though he abused her?
• Was it culturally common to have abusive marriages at this time?
• What is the significance of the riot at the end of the book?
• What is the significance of the play at the end of the book?
• When he takes the job of writing the Mai's history how does that change people's view of him, his role in society, and how does he use this job to better the lives of his people?
•As the book continues Lamang changes and has a better relationship with Mamo. In the beginning of the book he was portrayed as an awful man but at the end he shows a different side. Does your opinion of Lamang change? Why? pg. 216

Significant passages:
pg 200-204--- voting scene with Asabar
pg 24--- "HATE THY FATHER"
pg. 44-46 Uncle Ilyia
pg. 197 school to help dropouts
pg. 139 "he waited for something..." (title)
pg.148 "outside, in the sun..."(corrupt gov)

Historical/Biographical questions:

-History/political conflict
•How does the government or lack of government control the people in the Nigerian village?
•What are the differences between their political system and ours?


-Cultural/religious traditions
•Are the people in the village expected to stay? Or can they leave like Lamang did?
• Why did LaMamo and Mamo rub the rheum from the dog in their eyes?

-Bio of Author

-Articles of literary criticism

-Book review

-Allusion/cultural references

Pre discussion questions:

How did you like the book? and Why?
• Who was your favorite character and why?
• What was most surprising cultural difference for you between the books setting and America?

-Characters
• LaMamo, Mamo, Lamang, Aunt Marina, Zara, Warizi, Mai, Uncle Ilyia, Asabar, Bintou
•How are Mamo and LaMamo different?
•What is Mamo's connection to Zara?
•Would LaMamo's relationship with the white girl be thought badly of by his father?

-Setting
•Nigerian village
•Liberia
*Keti

-Important plot events
•Arrival of Ilyia
•When LaMamo leaves to Libera
•Story of Zara and Mamo
•Voting Ballots
•Trying to get the people the Reverse Osmosis system
•LaMamo's return and the riot

-Conflicts
•People vs. the Mai and Waziri
•LaMamo and Mamo vs. Father
•Rebel armies vs. the Nigerian Government
•Mamo vs. LaMamo

-Narration