Describe your reaction to the notion of the single story described in the Webtext


Describe your reaction to the notion of the “single story” described in the Webtext. Explain how at least 2 (two) biases outlined in Section 2.4 may result in the “single story.” Write about your own experience of the “single story.”

When Adichie tells the anecdote about visiting Fide’s family, why was she so startled by the sight of a beautifully patterned basket Fide’s brother had made? SELECT ONE

-Adichie had never seen a homemade basket before.

-The basket was clearly expensive to make, and Adichie realized that she had been mistakenly informed that Fide’s family was poor.

-Until that point, Adichie had only thought of Fide’s family in the context of their poverty and didn’t consider that they might have other facets to their lives.

-The gender roles Adichie had been taught did not permit her to imagine that a boy could excel at a traditionally female craft.

According to Adichie, what is the problem with stereotypes? SELECT ONE

-They are racist.

-They are untrue.

-They are incomplete.

-They are convenient.


Adichie summarizes the main argument of her talk by stating, “The consequence of the single story is this: It robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult. It emphasizes how we are different rather than how we are similar.” Explain what you think she means by this, and describe whether you agree or disagree and why. ANSWER





Adichie provides a number of examples of seldom-told stories about Nigerians and their achievements. What is she trying to illustrate with these anecdotes? SELECT ONE

The media stereotypes of Nigeria as a country plagued with problems of poverty, disease, and corruption are not true at all.

-Nigerians are smarter and more successful than Americans are.

-Reducing Nigeria to a stereotype overlooks its complexity and ignores the stories of individuals.

-Nigeria deserves aid from wealthier countries like the United States because its people are hard-working, ambitious, and destined to achieve great things.


Adichie contrasts the way she has always had multiple stories of the United States, yet many Americans have a single story for Nigeria. What is Adichies explanation for this? SELECT ONE

-The London merchant John Locke told a false story about western Africans, and that one story still sticks to this day.

-The United States has a much larger population than Nigeria.

-If the media didnt portray all Nigerians as poor and suffering, Americans would probably be less inclined to give them aid.

-More stories are told about counties in positions of power, and those in positions of power get more control over how stories are told about themselves and others.



Adichie gives a number of examples of times when both herself and people she knows have fallen into the trap of seeing a “single story” for a group of people. Give an example of a time from your life when you have inadvertently stereotyped a group outside your own. ANSWER


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