6 Did Jefferson die a coward or the man Grant was trying to teach him to be

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6. Did Jefferson die a coward or the man Grant was trying to teach him to be? Jefferson “was the strongest man in that crowded room.”
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23 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHER’S COPY STUDY GUIDE 7. What hope does the author give the reader that the situation in this town has truly changed? The next-to-last scene in the story shows Deputy Paul driving out to tell Grant how bravely Jefferson went to his death. Paul is obviously moved by Jefferson’s strength and by Grant’s powerful teaching. The two men genuinely like and respect each other. Paul offers to come out to the black school and tell the children about Jefferson’s bravery. That alone is a big step for a white man in this town. This scene ends with Paul offering his hand in friendship, recognizing the two as equals. 8. The final scene depicts Grant back in the classroom. What reason might one have to believe that he will be a better teacher from this day on? When Grant enters his classroom, and the students rise to greet him, he goes up to his desk and faces them. He is crying. Perhaps Grant is ready to acknowledge his feelings and show them to his students. By sharing part of himself with them, he allows them to become a part of him. He is likely to be more compassionate and less angry in the days to come. 9. Why would the author have chosen this particular setting for this story? Could this story take place in another setting? Answers may vary. Example: This story needs to be set where there would be racial prejudice and a social situation that would allow such a trial and the subsequent events to occur. The place could be other than the South but would have to have the reputation of this type of prejudicial behavior to make the story believable. The same goes for the time of the action. The story takes place in the early 1940s. It could have taken place in another time and location, but there must be the possibility for growth on the part of the characters and the town.
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1 A Lesson Before Dying STUDENT 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? _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ 2. Why is Jefferson on trial? _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ 3. Describe the jury for Jefferson’s trial. _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ 4. What is the setting for this story? _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ 5. Based Jefferson’s lawyer’s arguments, explain why the defense attorney did a poor job. _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ 6. What are the jury’s verdict and the judge’s sentence? _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________
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2 A Lesson Before Dying STUDENT COPY STUDY GUIDE Chapter Two VOCABULARY parain – a Cajun term meaning godfather 1. Who is waiting for Grant when he gets home from school? _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ 2. What did these women want from Grant and why? _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ 3. How does Grant react to their suggestion? _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ 4. Why does Grant end up going to Henri Pinchot’s house with the women?
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