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without consideration for her and their situation, and she tells him so. 2. How does Grant take Vivian’s concern? First he defends his actions, and then he says he will leave. Finally he loses his temper and, swearing, makes a move to walk out on her. But when he gets to the front door, he realizes that the only things he cares about are in this house with Vivian. He turns around and returns to the kitchen.
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20 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHER’S COPY STUDY GUIDE Chapter Twenty-seven VOCABULARY wake – a viewing before a funeral 1. Most of this chapter deals with a discussion between Reverend Ambrose and Grant. What are some of the subjects they discuss? Reverend Ambrose accuses Grant of not being educated, of not being a man, and of being lost. The reverend also speaks about lying. 2. Why is it that Ambrose thinks he is the educated one of the two of them? He says that he knows his people and what they have gone through. Grant, on the other hand, has no idea what their lives have really been like. Chapter Twenty-eight 1. What evidence is there that Jefferson worked very hard writing in his notebook? The pencil point is worn all the way down, and there are places on the pages that are worn through with the erasing Jefferson has done. 2. What does Grant ask Jefferson to do for his Nannan? Grant asks Jefferson to do something to please Miss Emma: to walk like a man and meet her up in heaven when she gets there. 3. Why does Grant tell Jefferson, “You’re more a man than I am, Jefferson”? Jefferson has just explained his own view of the life he has led and that he thinks a lot is being asked of “a poor old nigger who never had nothing.” He then goes on to say that he is going to do his best; however, that is all he can promise. 4. What information does the reader find out about execution by the electric chair at the end of the chapter? Jefferson is asking what the execution will feel like and whether is lasts a long time. Grant assures him that it is not a long thing and that the first jolt usually knocks the person unconscious right away.
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21 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHER’S COPY STUDY GUIDE Chapter Twenty-nine 1. How is this chapter different from all the rest in the book? This chapter is strictly excerpts from Jefferson’s notebook. It is similar to a diary format but more informal. The other chapters are written in regular paragraphs with dialogue, and from Grant’s point of view. 2. What are some surprising things the reader learns from reading Jefferson’s thoughts? Answers may vary. Examples: the depth of Jefferson’s thoughts and feelings his ideas about religion his desire to be Grant’s friend his never having thought so much in his whole lifetime the gift of a little knife by the sheriff his awareness of the beauty of nature his awareness that Paul does not want to get too close to him his feelings about the visit from the children and the marble Bok gave him the idea that he becomes the hero to Nannan that Grant has urged him to be the Sheriff wants to make sure he looks good in what Jefferson has written
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