Beyond My Father’s Shadow by Gordon Chambers
(4) 1. Being aware of their context in the essay, define the following terms: grandiose, replica,
disparate, introverted, camaraderie, chauvinist, assiduously, concerto.
(2) 2. In two sentences, explain the conflict between the author and his father.
(1) 3. How does the author’s mother feel about his father’s attitude?
(2) 4. Starting on the second page, the author begins to understand why his father is the way he is.
Briefly explain the circumstances that helped to mold his father’s identity.
(1) 5. In the last few paragraphs, the author seems to be at peace with his relationship with his father.
(2) 6a. Obviously, the idea of “manhood”, “manliness”, and/or “macho” has changed. In your opinion,
what does it mean to “be a man” in today’s day and age.
(3) 6b. Media sometimes presents mixed messages as to what a good role model of “manhood” looks
like. Supply one example of either a good or a bad example of “manhood” from TV, movies, or
music and explain why he is either a good or bad example.
Remember, Mum, When I Mocked You? by Irshad Manji
(2) 1. Being aware of their context in the essay, define the following terms: oppress, retrospect,
(2) 2. In two sentences, explain the conflict between the author and her mother.
(3) 3. List three (3) situations where the author was ashamed of her mother. Then, list three (3)
things that her mother did that were admirable.
(2) 4. Summarize what the author wants her mother to know about their relationship in the past and
what she wants her to know about their relationship going forward into the future.
(3) 5. The teen years are tough on a person, as your reputation with peers takes on a great importance.
You’re in the middle of that right now. Write about a situation that you (or someone you
know) went through where a parent caused embarrassment to you (or someone you know).