1. What do we hear about the place, the host, and the food that is served?
2. The text centres on a meal. What is the dilemma for the narrator and his wife?
3. Analyse the reactions of the people seated at the table and of those standing
4. What lends power and privileges to some of the people at the feast - and not to others?
5. Discuss which of the following post-colonial themes you can see in the story: oppression, power, ambivalence, center/margin, reversed perspective, language, identity, independence, fighting back, past/present.
The dilemma for the narrator and his wife is whether to sacrifice their food or not. They do not know how many are behind them and therefore they do not know whether to give their food to one or no one.