Jefferson refuses to come to the dayroom and instead stays on his bunk during

Jefferson refuses to come to the dayroom and instead

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Jefferson refuses to come to the dayroom and instead stays on his bunk during the entire visit, listening to his radio and ignoring his company. The old folks blame Grant because he is the one who had gotten Jefferson the radio in the first place. 2. Grant is beginning to get excited about working with Jefferson. What happens to give him some inkling that he is beginning to reach Jefferson? First of all, Jefferson is beginning to talk to him more, about thoughts, feelings, and fears concerning the execution. Grant is able to persuade Jefferson to be a little more sensitive to Miss Emma’s needs, and the prisoner agrees to go back to the dayroom for their visits. Grant also realizes that if he got Jefferson a little notebook and something to write with, Jefferson could write down questions, and they could talk about them during their next visit. Jefferson has become more responsive, and Grant is encouraged. 3. List the three things Grant brings to the cell with him and their effect on Jefferson. First, Grant brings the radio and the writing materials. He also brings the pecans from the children. As Jefferson begins to respond to these gifts, he becomes less hateful and self- consumed. When Grant starts to leave after this last visit, Jefferson asks him to thank the children for their pecans. Grant is almost beside himself with joy because he feels that he has gotten through to Jefferson. Chapter Twenty-four 1. Briefly describe what happens during the next visit that involves Jefferson, Miss Emma, Reverend Ambrose, Tante Lou, and Grant. After the table is set, and the prayer has been said, Jefferson refuses to eat Miss Emma’s meal. Grant invites him to walk around the perimeter of the room with him and they talk without being heard by the others. Grant gives Jefferson a long talk about what a hero really is and how Jefferson can be that hero for Miss Emma and for all of the people in the quarter. Jefferson understands what Grant is telling him and starts crying. Then they return to the table and eat Miss Emma’s gumbo.
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19 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHER’S COPY STUDY GUIDE Chapter Twenty-five 1. What is Grant feeling good about in the beginning of this chapter? Grant feels that he and Jefferson are really communicating, and he is glad that Jefferson and Miss Emma are talking also. 2. What spoils his mood when he gets to the bar? As Grant is waiting for Vivian, two bricklayers begin taunting Grant by loudly saying derogatory things about Jefferson and the execution. Instead of letting it go, Grant picks a fight with the two and ends up blacking out due to a blow to his head. Chapter Twenty-six VOCABULARY chifforobe – a free-standing closet, bureau, dresser 1. What has Vivian so upset in this chapter? Vivian is upset that Grant has gotten hurt in the fight, but she is far more upset that he got into the fight in the first place. She thinks he has jeopardized her possibility of getting a divorce from her husband and being able to keep the children. She thinks Grant has acted without consideration for her and their situation, and she tells him so.
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