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Reading Comprehension Assignment:

Octavia Butler’s “Speech Sounds” & Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Boundary”

Type your answers in the boxes below.

1) Octavia Butler’s “Speech Sounds”

Main Characters

(Identify Narrator)

Setting

(Time/Place)

Summary of Events

(What Happened?)

Central Conflict

(Internal/External)

Central Themes

(Universal Idea(s) Explored throughout the Story)

2) Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Boundary”

Main Characters

(Identify Narrator)

Setting

(Time/Place)

Summary of Events

(What Happened?)

Central Conflict(s)

(Internal/External)

Central Themes

(Universal Idea(s) Explored throughout the Story)

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