1. At first, how long did Mukherjee and her sister intend to stay in America? Why did they change their plans? They were only going to stay for two years originally, but got married in the process and decided to reside in America.2. What does Mukherjee mean when she says she welcomed the "emotional strain" of "marrying outside ethinic community? I think she meant that not only was she prepared for this strain, but welcoming it because it was for a cause stronger than any strain could pull apart.3. In what ways is Mukherjee different from her sister? What kind of relationship do they have? Mira is more aggresive with her politics, feeling forced to become a U.S. citizen through laws made by Gore, but her sister loved and embraced America, as much as her own country maybe. Mira was enraged to hear she"d have to become a U.S. citizen to stay legal.4. Why does Mukherjee"s sister feel used? Why does she think America has changed "its rules in midstream"? This is due to Gore"s "Citizenship U.S.A. drive". Her employer went to the I.N.S. and petitioned for a labor certification, after thirty years of loyal and progressive work. When she says "changed it"s rules midstream", she means that the new laws for immigration should only apply to new immigrants, not all of them.5. According to Mukherjee, how is her sister like all immigrants who "have stayed rooted in one job, one city, one house, one ancestral culture, one cuisine, for the entirety of their productive years"? She means that, in a certain sense, she"s a bit stubborn. She"s not willing to change anything about her lifestyle to adapt to the new "rules" set by the government, and that her sister is one of many who have the same beliefs.