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posted Jun 23, 2016, 7:20 AM by Linsey Rose
Chapters 3 & 4
1. Write a summary of the reading.
2. ”When those cats put nails in him, he bled, though,” somebody else said. (p. 24) What does “cats” mean in this sentence?
3. ”Say brother,” the kid said, which was jive talk for I agree with you. (p. 25) Write a synonym for “jive talk”?
4. What does Frannie think makes a “good teacher”? Do you agree?
5. The new student says everyone calls him “Jesus” (p. 22). Why do you think he does this? How do the other students react?

Answer either question 6 or 7
6. What divides the two into White and African American? How is this divide literal, figurative, or metaphorical?
7. “Some days, eleven felt like a whole long lifetime. All heavy like that.” (p. 19) Explain this statement. Can you relate?

Analyze the Emily Dickinson poem.

Success is counted sweetest

By those who ne’er succeed.

To comprehend a nectar

Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple host

Who took the flag to-day

Can tell the definition,

So clear, of victory.

As he, defeated, dying,

On whose forbidden ear

The distant strains of triumph

Break, agonized and clear.

1. Who is “he” in line 9?

2. What is this poem about? What experience is it describing?

3. What experiences do you think the author has had with success?