A simile is when a writer uses the word like or as to compare two different things. When Addie Ann hears the sheriff’s dog outside her house, she says, “My heart, it freezes like the icebox.” What two things are being compared in that sentence? Why didn’t the author have Addie Ann say, “My heart, it freezes like snow” or “My heart, it freezes like ice cubes”? Why do you think the author carefully chose to use the word “icebox”?
At the end of chapter 8, Addie Ann tells Mama, “Don’t fret. He’s still with us.” Why does Addie Ann say this? Do you think that Addie Ann believes her own words? Why or why not?
Do you believe that Elias is still alive? Why or why not?
VIDEO—THE KLAN (2 min.)
Mrs. F. grew up in the Mississippi Delta. What did the Ku Klux Klan do there? What did Mrs. F’s grandfather show her? What do you think of the relationship between Mrs. F’s grandfather and Moon Pie? Is the Klan still around today?