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"He asked her why they [the women] were angry....He asked her what savages were...Why did they want to hurt you, Linda?...What are chemicals...How do you make chemicals and where do they come from?"

Why was Linda unable to answer John's questions?


She wanted him to remain ignorant because the expectations for learning are low on the Reservation.


She only knew what her caste level had allowed her to know.


She preferred that John learn to socialize and ask questions of the elders on the Reservation rather than of her.


She thought she needed to shelter John and protect him from society rather than having him become an intelligent being who likes to ask questions about different issues.


Once Linda was a resident of the Reservation, she was instructed not to speak of information from London.

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