Questions for Two Words 1. What is the significance of the ‘fly tracks scattered across the page”? a) How do they change Belisa’s life? b) How do they change the story of her country? c) What is the imagery created by the line? 2. In this story, Isabel Allende illustrates the dual nature of the power of language – that it can be both positive and negative. What is this dual nature and how does the author develop this view? Refer to specific evidence from the text in your response. 3. Consider how the Colonel feels after learning the ‘two words’. In what ways do words have power over him? 4. In what ways can words have an effect on and a power over us? Refer to your life experience for this response. 5. What do you think the two words are? Be prepared to share.