Selected Writing Prompts for Mountains Beyond Mountains from the Random House A Reader’s Guide www.atrandom.com/rgg I would like you to do some personal writing in response to your reading of Tracy Kidder’s book. You will not need to have a thesis statement, as the piece can be more of a meditation or a personal narrative. The essay should, though, be organized with a clear sense of focus. You should also include plenty of specific examples from your own life, using narrative techniques to convey your viewpoint. You will be given thirty minutes in class to work on the assignment, and you should spend no more than one additional hour at home. The paper is due Monday, Feb. 1 (E200e) or Tuesday, Feb. 2 (E200d). 1. Paul Farmer believes that “if you’re making sacrifices . . . you’re trying to lessen some psychic discomfort” (24). Do you agree with the way that Farmer makes personal sacrifices? For what kinds of things do you make sacrifices, and when do you expect others to make them? 2. Paul Farmer had an eccentric childhood, and his accomplishments have been unique. Do you see a correlation between the way Farmer was raised and how he has chosen to live his life? How has your own background influenced your life and your decisions?