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posted Jun 23, 2016, 5:35 AM by Linsey Rose

HOPE is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all,


And sweetest in the gale is heard;

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird

That kept so many warm.


I’ve heard it in the chillest land,

And on the strangest sea;

Yet, never, in extremity,

It asked a crumb of me.

1. What literary tool is used in stanza 1?

2. Define “gale” in stanza 2.

3. What are the characteristics of hope, based on this poem?

Chapter 2
1. Write a summary of the chapter (at least 4 complete sentences)
2. “Mr. Hungry was hollering loud in my stomach.” (p. 2) What literary tool is this?
 3. “Mama said one day the Tanks were going to put on so many airs they’d just up and float away.” (p. 9) Explain this statement. What is Mama saying about the Tanks?

Choose 3 of the following questions and answer in complete sentences:
4. What do we learn about the new boy in chapter 2?
5. What does Frannie want to do with her hair? Why is this significant?
6. What does the new boy do on the playground? How does Frannie react?
7. What nickname do the kids give the boy? Why?

Choose 2 of the following questions and answer in complete sentences
8. Is the girls’ school segregated? Explain your answer.
9. Choose either the theme of difference or the theme of belonging. Identify 2 quotes that show this theme in the chapter. 
10. Compare and contrast Frannie and Samantha. Why are they friends? Do you know of any friendships like theirs in other stories or in your life?
11. How does the author use sign language in the story?