1. Let’s take a closer look at the epigraph on the title page. Rewrite this epigraph in plain language as if to explain it to a friend. What does it mean? What may be the implications in the broader context of the book? 100 words approx

2. Look up and read W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” from which the excerpt has been taken. Explain in your own words what the poem means to you. List 4 things you do not understand and look up explanations. List 4 things that you are intrigued by and would like to know more about. (2 pages)

3. Do a bit of research on the publication history of the novel. Write a short critical comment on this. A critical comment means how and why the publication date is important, what languages has the book been translated into and why, etc (1 page)

4. Gather all that you have learned from the front matter, and reread the first few chapters, 1-5 of the book. What do you see or understand now that you did not on your first reading? (1 pages)


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