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Chapter Twenty 1. Why has the governor chosen the second Friday after Easter for Jefferson’s execution? The original date for Jefferson’s execution should have been right before Easter, but the governor has been cautioned that two executions right before Easter would upset his Catholic constituents. He reconsiders and changes Jefferson’s date for later in the month. 2. How long does Jefferson have to live? “He’s got just over a month.”
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17 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHER’S COPY STUDY GUIDE Chapter Twenty-one 1. So far in the story, we have met three teachers. Now we are told that there is another supporting character, who also wants to be a teacher. Who is it? Irene, Grant’s student, wants to be a teacher. She is the one Grant always puts in charge when he has to leave. Since she does such a good job for him, it is not surprising that she would like teaching as a career. 2. How does Vivian handle the news about the execution date? She goes to see Grant as soon as she can to help him through this very difficult time. She also asks to go up to Miss Emma’s house. When she gets there, she accepts a cup of coffee out of politeness and speaks to Miss Emma quietly, telling the older woman that she (Vivian) will be praying for her, as well as for Jefferson. 3. Grant tries to explain a very complex phenomenon he believes is in play in the community. Briefly summarize his explanation. Grant tells Vivian that black men have failed to protect their women since the time of slavery, and ever since, black women have been hoping that the next boy born will be the one to change the pattern. Even though he may want to change things, he cannot because the burden is too heavy for one man. So, he, too, like all those before him, run or drink or fail. Therefore, the pattern continues. Chapter Twenty-two 1. How does Grant know that Paul does not want to search him before his visits with Jefferson? What does this imply? Grant can see it in Paul’s eyes and knows by the light touch on his pockets during the search. Paul seems sympathetic to Jefferson’s dilemma and Grant’s mission. Even though he is a white man, he talks to Grant as an equal and tries to make Jefferson as comfortable as possible. 2. This chapter contains the first real conversation that Grant and Jefferson have. What does Jefferson get excited about? He talks about food and tells Grant that he wants a whole gallon of ice cream the day he dies. Jefferson then begins to share some of his feelings and childhood memories. 3. Grant gets a brilliant idea during their conversation. What is it? When they start talking about music, Grant gets the idea to bring Jefferson a radio so he can tune into the world and remember that he is a part of it.
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18 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHER’S COPY STUDY GUIDE Chapter Twenty-three 1. Things do not go well during the next visit from Miss Emma, Aunt Lou, and the Reverend Ambrose. Why are they upset with Grant?
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