Openings often serve to make us like or dislike a major character; they establish a setting and a big problem.
1. We learn early that Ahmes has fought with her father over a very important matter. What is the conflict between them?
2. How did the opening two to three paragraphs make you feel about Ahmes?
The balance – or rest – of the story needs to work with this opening characterisation and conflict… Ahmes’s conflict is with her father and Egyptian beliefs in the sovereignty of the male.
3. Whose side are you on — Ahmes’s or her father’s?
Closings have to deal with whatever the big problem was. The reader needs to feel that there has been a ‘resolution’ (a sense that something has happened to fix – even if only for a little while – the big problem).
4. How do you feel about the resolution in Little Hatshepsut? Is it satisfactory to you? Why/why not?
5. Discuss how you feel about the resolution in this story with your classmates.