Mr. Mudge is supposed to be out of town, but when everyone shows up at his farm, he’s right there. According to Mr. Mudge, where was he and why is he back in Kuckachoo?
Addie Ann thinks that Mr. Mudge isn’t telling the truth, so she says, “Mr. Mudge beats the devil round the stump.” She’s also petrified about finding the evidence she believes is on the farm, so she says, “Me? I’m nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs!” These are Southern expressions. Make up three of your own Southern expressions. Give a definition for each one. Then use each of your Southern expressions in a sentence.
Addie Ann says, “Despite the mean things Mr. Mudge says about Negroes, he’s helped my family all these years.” How does Addie Ann feel about accusing him of committing the butter bean crime? Do you think she’s doing the right thing? Why or why not?
What does Mrs. Tate do at the farm that surprises everyone? Why can’t she stop laughing?
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As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! How did Joseph Biedenharn make his fortune? Can you think of any other examples of a person who took trash and turned it into treasure?
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