1. Consider Namioka's childhood success with math. What is she implying about Chinese math education?
2. Reread Namioka's anecdote about her mother's real estate purchase. What is the main idea of this anecdote?
3. On page 486 Namioka flashes forward to her
adulthood. What is she able to reveal by doing this?
4. What do Namioka's anecdotes about college
suggest is the main reason that American girls do poorly in math?
5. Reread lines 160-168. How does this factual
information about brain research support Namioka's main idea?
6. What does Namioka suggest is needed in order for
a person to express a true talent?