- What early life experiences prepare Rhonda to tackle the travel opportunities with confidence that come to her at fourteen and fifteen?
- How would you describe her mother’s parenting style? Did it help or hinder Rhonda’s development?
- What does Rhonda mean by the term, “agency” used in chapter seven?
- Which experiences in each travel chapter (chapters # 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) promote the sense of agency in her life?
- How does this sense of agency relate to Rhonda growing up and growing away from her mother and her church?
- In what ways does Rhonda’s relationship with the church help her grow?
- How does she come to observe the shortcomings of the church?
- How does Rhonda resolve the conflict between her church and herself?
- How do travel opportunities, afforded by her church and parents, affect Rhonda’s worldview over time?
- Reflect for Rhonda and yourself on the quote from Heilbrun, “…to write my own life on a level far below consciousness, (made) it possible for me to experience what I could not have had the courage to undertake in full awareness.”
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