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so upset by this comparison that he attempts to put the food on the floor and eat like a hog. 2. What argument does Grant try with Jefferson to get him to eat, talk, and try to get through the ordeal with dignity? Grant first says he will tell Miss Emma about his rejecting the food and acting like a hog. Then he changes tactics and asks Jefferson if he wants the lawyer to leave, which would let the white man win and make all the whites who took part in name calling and betting correct in their estimate of Jefferson’s worth.
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11 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHER’S COPY STUDY GUIDE Chapter Twelve VOCABULARY emphatically – forcefully, distrustfully, vigorously 1. Why does Grant go to the Rainbow Club after his solo visit with Jefferson? Grant is upset by Jefferson’s behavior during the visit, and he knows that Miss Emma will be upset by it also. Grant decides he needs some time to think of a good lie to tell Miss Emma so she will think the visit went well and that Jefferson is all right. 2. While Grant is at the Rainbow Club, who are the other customers discussing? Why is this man important to them? The other black customers are discussing Jackie Robinson, a famous black baseball player. Grant realizes that when he was younger, his black friends used to talk in such detail and with the same enthusiasm about Joe Louis, the heavyweight boxing champion. Grant sees these two men as the heroes of the common black man. Each of these famous men had been able to make it in the white world and, therefore, each allowed ordinary black men some hope for a better world for themselves. 3. Vivian insists that Grant cannot leave this community. What reason does she give? Vivian tells Grant that he has not left the town because he loves the people there more than he hates the place and the living conditions. Chapter Thirteen 1. Who is going to visit Jefferson in the beginning of this chapter? The visit will be made by Miss Emma, Tante Lou, and Reverend Ambrose, their pastor. 2. Why is Grant not living in California, and why is this an important piece of information for the story? Grant’s parents had left Louisiana to live in California. Grant visited them the summer after his junior year at college, but came back to live with Tante Lou in the quarter. He says that ever since that return he has been “running in place, unable to accept what used to be my life, unable to leave it.”
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12 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHER’S COPY STUDY GUIDE Chapter Fourteen VOCABULARY rustic – rural, country, pastoral quarter – neighborhood, district, section alighted – landed, rested, settled 1. What things does Grant show Vivian when she surprises him with a visit? Grant shows her around the rooms in the house and then takes her for a walk around the quarter, pointing out the sugar cane fields, the railroad tracks, and the cemetery, where so many of his relatives and friends are buried.
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