Project Review

What parts of this project did you consider most helpful and/or thought provoking?

From what aspects of the project did you learn the most?

What would you change if you were asked to participate in a similar project in the future?

A Walk

The film A Walk in Your Shoes grappled somewhat with the issue of tolerance.

Does "tolerance" mean that a person can't believe something to be true, even if it necessitates an understanding that a different belief is false? For example:
  • Christians believe that salvation, or the way to God, is through Jesus. Muslims do not believe in original sin, so they don't believe Jesus needed to suffer, die on the cross, and rise again.
  • Islam holds that Muhammed is Allah's (God's) messenger. They view the Koran as the word of God, while Christians believe the Bible is God's word.
What is tolerance? How did Nancy and Miriam both demonstrate tolerance?

Mrs. Cubley

Although dealing with a different country (and continent) than those of our book, the people of Morocco share some similarities with those in Afghanistan and Pakistan. What similarities did you see? What differences?

Do you see yourself participating in a similar program (Peace Corps or other humanitarian group) in the future?

Abid Amiri

Did Abid Amiri's talk enable you to make a connection with the people of Afghanistan? Why or why not? What did you find most interesting in his presentation?

Q & A Amira Mortenson

After reading the interview with Amira Mortenson:
  1. What did you find most interesting regarding her relationships with the people of Pakistan?
  2. Would you like to trade experiences with her? Why or why not?

Visitors from Fort Drum

What insights did you gain from listening to SFC Kevin Reeder and SSG Shawn Shoemaker from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Drum?

Ch 21-22 Stones into Schools

1. What evidence is revealed that demonstates that the schools are improving the lives of the students who attend them?

2. How is education like water?

Ch 19-21 New York

1. Chapter 19 recounts the events of September 11, 2001, and concludes with a speech by Muslim religious leader Syed Abbas Rasvi at a CAI school inauguration celebration. How did reading Syed Abbas Rasvi's speech make you feel? Did you find other quotations in the book from Muslim leaders, school children, or others surprising, informative, or reassuring? Explain your answer.

Ch 17-18 Running from War

1. How does your understanding of Muslims/Muslim culture changed from reading this story?

2. Who is one of Mortenson's role models? How do you know?

Ch 15-16 New Schools and More

1. What does this story reveal about the rights of girls?

2. What advice does Haji Ali give to Mortenson that he incorporates into the Central Asia Institute (CAI) for building new schools? Do you think this advice would serve Mortenson well if he were building schools in the United States?

Ch 12-13 Q2 Wise

Chapters 12-13, Question 2:
  • Why does Mortenson consider Haji Ali to be the "wisest man he ever met"?

Ch 12-13 Q1 Sacrifice

Chapters 12-13, Question 1:
  • What are some of the sacrifices the people of Korphe made in order to build this school?

Ch 7-11 Q2 Building Bridges

Chapters 7-11, Question 2:
  • The title of Chapter 10, "Building Bridges," has a literal and figurative meaning. Define both and tell how each relates to the story.

Ch 7-11 Q1 Hunt

Chapters 7-11, Question 1:
  • Retell, in your own words, the hunt in which Mortenson participates. How does this hunt reflect the values and traditions of the Balti community?

Ch 4-6 Q2 Bargain

Chapters 4-6, Question 2:
  • When Mortenson returns to Pakistan with money for the Korphe school, Abdul Shah, the watchman at the hotel, says, "By the merciful light of Allah Almighty, tomorrow we make much bargain." What does Shah mean? What do the act of bargaining and the mention of Allah reveal about Shah's culture? How is it similar or different from our own culture?

Ch 4-6 Q1 Character

Chapters 4-6, Question 1:
  • List three of Mortenson's actions or thoughts from these chapters that reveal his character. Based on the actions you list, describe Mortenson using only one adjective.

Ch 1-3 Q3 Life

Chapters 1-3, Question 3:
  • What does Mortensen discover about the quality of life in Korphe, specifically in regard to healthcare and education? In what ways is the quality of life better or worse than your own?

Ch 1-3 Q2 Failure

Chapters 1-3, Question 2:
  • Is "Failure" an appropriate title for the first chapter? Explain.

Ch 1-3 Q1 Lost

Chapters 1-3, Question 1:
  • The first line of the story begins "Greg Mortensen was lost." The word lost can have both a literal and figurative meaning. State what you think the author meant by this sentence.

Three Cups of Tea

Welcome to Canton Central's Three Cups of Tea Blog. This site will give you an opportunity to interact with your classmates regarding the reading of Three Cups of Tea.

On the right side of the page, you will see questions posted by your teachers. For each section (example: Ch 1-3) with three questions, please answer fully at least one question and comment on a classmate's answer to one of the other questions. If a section has only two questions, you may choose one to answer.

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If you have a question that you would like answered by your teachers or fellow students, feel free to send it to one of your teachers to create a new post.