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From: Ted
Sent on: Sunday, July 25, 2010 4:44 PM
Last minute discussion questions for "Green Hills of Africa". Sorry guys, I usually get these together in advance, but here are five questions for tonight's discussion.

1. What is the significance of the four divisions of the book: "Pursuit and Conversation", "Pursuit Remembered", "Pursuit and Failure" and "Pursuit as Happiness"?

2. In "Green Hills of Africa", Hemingway sets up two competitions. One is between himself and Karl over trophies and horn size and the other is whether nonfiction writing can compete with fiction writing. Is there a clear winner in either case?

3. Is there a contradiction in Hemingway's ethical stance that he "did not mind killing anything, any animal, if I killed it cleanly" because he "ate the meat and kept the hides and horns" with the fact that he is hunting for sport?

4. A common theme in Hemingway is the interplay between knowledge and ignorance and how one "pays" for knowledge. Some examples are the discussion on revolutions, the meeting of the Masai who treat Hemingway and co. like brothers and the responsibility that comes with knowing how to kill animals such as the wounded sable. How else do those two states play out in the book?

5. In the final chapter, Hemingway criticizes colonialism but are his actions and attitudes really different?

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