Chapter 4

  1. Addie Ann says that ever since she got chased out of the big house, she’s been jumping rope, Uncle Bump’s been playing harmonica, and Elmira’s been burning sage. What do you do to make yourself feel better when you’re upset?
  2. What trick did Delilah play on her mother? Have you ever played a practical joke on someone? What was it? Did the person think it was funny? Why or why not?
  3. At the end of chapter four, Mama lies to Mrs. Tate. What is the lie she tells? Why does she lie? Why does Addie Ann say “fibbing to white folks is an altogether different matter”?
  4. Is it ever okay to lie? If yes, under what circumstance? If no, why not?


After you read chapter four, watch the video clip of Mrs. Clifton. She talks about her childhood in the 1950s and 1960s. Describe three ways that Mrs. Clifton says life was different for kids back then. Do you think it was easier to grow up then or now? Why?

To read more about Mrs. Clifton’s life growing up in the Mississippi Delta, click here.  Be sure to click on the book icon in the upper right corner of that web page to see how Mrs. Clifton’s interview wound up in the text of A Thousand Never Evers.


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