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5. Some might say that Vivian is really the wisest character in this novel. Decide whether you would agree or disagree with this evaluation and then support your decision with several examples from the book. 6. Racial prejudice is a major issue throughout this novel. Do you think that relations between the races improved or worsened over the course of the story? Cite several examples to prove your point.
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13 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHING UNIT INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES A Lesson Before Dying Test Key 1. C 6. A 11. C 16. E 2. A 7. D 12. E 17. A 3. A 8. A 13. A 18. A 4. A 9. B 14. B 19. A 5. E 10. B 15. C 20. A
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1 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHER’S COPY STUDY GUIDE A Lesson Before Dying Chapter One VOCABULARY conspiracy – a plot, scheme, plan modicum – a small amount, little bit, scrap 1. Who is the narrator of this story? Readers do not yet know the narrator’s name; however, they do know that the narrator was not at Jefferson’s trial, but feels as if he were right there with his aunt and her friend Emma, Jefferson’s godmother. 2. Why is Jefferson on trial? Jefferson was with two other men when they decided to rob the liquor store, and in the robbery, the storeowner and the two criminals were killed. Jefferson, because he is mentally challenged, got confused and scared and did not know what to do. He foolishly drank some liquor to clear his head and stole some money, thinking no one was there to see him. Two new customers came into the store and caught him before he could get away. 3. Describe the jury for Jefferson’s trial. They are all men and all white. 4. What is the setting for this story? While it is not specifically identified yet, students should understand that it takes place in the rural South in the late 1940s. In Chapter 4, it is revealed that the town’s name is Bayonne. 5. Based Jefferson’s lawyer’s arguments, explain why the defense attorney did a poor job. Jefferson’s lawyer does proclaim Jefferson’s innocence; he defends the accused by implying that Jefferson is merely a “fool,” and too stupid to plan such a murder. Jefferson is depicted as incapable of doing much other than manual, menial labor. It does not seem fair for a lawyer to defend someone by attacking his or her intelligence and worth. 6. What are the jury’s verdict and the judge’s sentence? The jury finds Jefferson guilty after only a few short hours of deliberation. The judge sentences him to death by electrocution.
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2 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHER’S COPY STUDY GUIDE Chapter Two VOCABULARY parain – a Cajun term meaning godfather 1. Who is waiting for Grant when he gets home from school? Both his aunt, Tante Lou, and his aunt’s friend, Miss Emma, are waiting to speak to Grant when he arrives home from school. 2. What did these women want from Grant and why?
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