What importance does the case of Jacqueline (41-45) serve in the novel?
Compare and contrast the marriages of Ramatoulaye and Aissatou. Likewise, compare the experiences of Nabou with Madow and Binetou with Modou.
Describe the impact of taking a second wife on Modou (48-50).
Why does Ramatoulaye reject both Tamsir and Daouda’s proposals? (58, 68)
What role does modernity play in the work? (cf. 15, 23, 73, 77, 87)
Is there a political message in this book? Why or why not?
How does Ramatoulaye conceive of motherhood? (75-76, 82-83)