Study Guide: Three Cups of Tea
Introduction: In Mr. Mortenson's Orbit, p. 1
- What is David Relin's thesis for this book?
- Why did Greg decide to climb K2?
- How was Greg among the real heroes of the expedition to K2?
- When Greg went out of his way, how did Mouzafer Ali go out of his way to care for him?
- Compare and contrast the Balti and Sherpa people.
- What in Greg's past allowed him to connect with the people of Korphe?
- What is ironic about this chapter's title?
- List at least 2 features from Greg's background that would help him fulfill his promise to the people of Korphe.
- For what cause would you sell all the memorabilia from your parents, your favorite car and the gear from your favorite hobby?
- Where did the pleasure Greg felt in praying like a Muslim come from?
- Trace on the map located after the title page the Karakoram Highway, the Indus Gorge and the road from Skardu to Korphe.
- Describe the three setbacks Greg experienced in this chapter and the outcome of each.
- What further setback did Greg experience upon returning to San Francisco after failing to deliver the building materials to Korphe?
- What was wrong with the bridge to Korphe that they needed another one?
- How did the 800 lb. reels of cable for the bridge get from Askole to Korphe?
- What did Greg learn from the ibex-hunting trip?
- To what does the chapter title refer?
- What did the 65 year-old Mouzafer do to help build Korphe's school?
- Why did Haji Ali confiscate Greg's plumb line, level and ledger?
- Why did Haji Ali smile after he handed over half the wealth of the village?
- How did Greg hold off the black water of despair?
- What did Greg learn about the character of the Wasir that he might not have if he had heeded the advice of Haji Ali not to go alone and to seek the hospitality of the village chief?
- What kind of equilibrium did Dr. Hoerni need to learn?
- What kind of equilibrium did Greg Mortenson need to learn?
- What did the author mean by "the planet's relentless march toward equilibrium."
- What two adult education centers did Greg start and for what purpose?
- What was the reason for the judgment kept in the red velvet box?
- What did Mohammed Aslam Khan have to endure to attend school?
- Whose war was causing the refugees in Baltistan?
- What was the refugees' chief need?
- What was the surprising result of Greg's talk to three people in Apple Valley, MN?
- Identify two problems Greg needed to address in himself.
- What did Greg admire about Mother Teresa?
- What made the promise to the Kirghiz so difficult to keep?
- What about Syed Abbas' speech did Greg wish some Americans would hear?
- What is your impression of the quality of questions the CIA asked Greg during his passport replacement process?
- Following 9/11, what was the general public perception of Greg's work?
- Greg told his Pentagon audience that the worst thing the military could do in Afghanistan is _______________.
- Why did Greg turn down $2.2 million offered from the military after he had just compared the cost of a missile to the cost of a school?
- Why did Greg hand dynamite to the would-be watchman?
- List at least three benefits to CAI that came from increased donations.
- Why was the jeep stopped in the tunnel?
- What did the stones painted red signify?
- Who was shooting across the road?
- What in Sadhar Khan's speech indicated he was turning his thoughts towards peace?
- The author contends that Greg Mortenson has waged the war on terror with his schools. Like many war heroes, he has been wounded by his efforts. Describing at least three incidents that have wounded him, tell whether he should be considered a war hero.
- Doing social justice with the poor involves a distinctive way of using power that enables without imposing. Cite at least three incidents from the book that show how Greg discovered this balance between courage and consultation.
Ch. 1: Failure, p. 7
Ch. 2: The Wrong Side of the River, p. 17
Ch. 3. "Progress and Perfection," p. 27
Ch. 4. Self-Storage, p.34
Ch. 5. 580 Letters, One Check, p. 47
Ch. 6. Rawalpindi's Rooftops at Dusk, p. 57
Ch. 7. Hard Way Home, p. 70
Ch. 8. Beaten by the Bradlu, p. 83
Ch. 9. The People Have Spoken, p. 98
Ch. 10. Building Bridges, p. 108
Ch. 11. Six Days, p. 125
Ch. 12. Haji Ali's Lesson, p. 136
Ch. 13. "A Smile Should Be More Than a Memory," p. 154
Ch. 14. Equilibrium, p. 174
Ch. 15. Mortenson in Motion, p. 184
Ch. 16. Red Velvet Box, p. 198
Ch. 17. Cherry Trees in the Sand, p. 211
Ch. 18. Shrouded Figure, p. 225
Ch. 19. A Village Called New York, p. 241
Ch. 20. Tea with the Taliban, p. 261
Ch. 21. Rumsfeld's Shoes, p. 278
Ch. 22. "The Enemy is Ignorance," p. 297
Ch. 23. Stones into Schools, p. 314
Acknowledgements, p. 337
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Summative questions (answer in at least 4 paragraphs):