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2. Why did Antoine hate Grant? Grant thinks his teacher hated him because he wanted to learn and then challenged the teacher, which none of the others students would or could do. 3. Antoine hated being in the plantation school, why did he stay? In a discussion that Grant had after he had graduated from college, Antoine confessed that his reason for staying was due to the issue of superiority. Being a “mulatto,” he would never be considered as good as whites, nor could he fit into the world of blacks. Antoine, however, was considered to be better than people from an all-black background. Therefore, he could feel superior to the black children he hated.
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9 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHER’S COPY STUDY GUIDE Chapter Nine 1. This chapter depicts other ways blacks are separated from whites in this town. What are the two examples given here? The black and white prisoners are housed on the same floor of the prison, but in separate sections on that floor. In addition, there are separate toilet facilities for people who come to the jailhouse. The toilet for the blacks is filthy and located in the basement of an outside building. The toilets inside are for whites only. 2. Describe Paul, the prison guard. What does Grant think of him? Paul has gray-blue eyes, brown hair, and seems to be a few years younger than Grant. Grant says, “He looked pretty decent.” 3. Summarize the first meeting with Jefferson. Miss Emma and Grant are let into Jefferson’s cell but, he does not talk to them or even look at them. Miss Emma unwraps all the food she has brought, but Jefferson refuses to eat any of it. When she asks if he is going to try any of the food, he finally speaks, saying, “It don’t matter.” He then speaks bitterly about being considered a hog and wondering when the execution will be carried out. By the time the guard returns to let Miss Emma and Grant out, Jefferson has returned to his bunk and is facing the blank concrete wall, refusing to acknowledge that they are leaving.
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10 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHER’S COPY STUDY GUIDE Chapter Ten 1. What happens on the fourth visit that Grant is upset about? When Grant arrives to pick up Miss Emma for their fourth visit to Jefferson, Miss Emma appears to be too sick to go, and Tante Lou forces Grant to go by himself. Grant realizes that this had been their plan from the very beginning; he feels set up and coerced. Chapter Eleven VOCABULARY trusty – [trustee] a term referring to a trusted inmate who has earned special privileges pralines – a special kind of candy made with pecans and brown sugar cynical – skeptical, distrustful, suspicious 1. Why does Jefferson ask if Grant has brought corn for his meal? Jefferson is referring to the derogatory remark that his lawyer had made in the closing remarks of the trial, when he referred to Jefferson as a “hog.” Hogs eat corn, and Jefferson asks Grant if he has brought hog food, since people think Jefferson is a hog. The prisoner is so upset by this comparison that he attempts to put the food on the floor and eat like a hog.
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