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American Annals of the Deaf

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Deaf American Prose: 1980–2010
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Reading/Discussion Questions

1. What things in the Mayos’ house show that they are deaf? Why do you think Laura uses her voice sometimes?
2. What are the sources of conflict between Laura and Matt? What does Laura want?
3. What do you think the significance of light is in this story?
4. The narrator of this piece presents the normality of their situation yet she playfully makes fun of what newspaper reporters would see as unique or “newsworthy” if she were to leave. What perceptions of deafness is she skewering? Of gender?
5. How does Stremlau incorporate social networking and communication tools, and to what effect?

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