Chapters 10 & 11

  1. What is Miss Springer’s plan for how to plant, weed, and water the garden?
  2. Based on what Miss Springer says to Mr. Mudge, what can you figure out or infer about which group(s) of people did farm work in the Mississippi Delta?
  3. Why might Mr. Mudge speak one way about black people but act in a different way? Is it true that actions speak louder than words? Support your opinion with examples from your life, the book, or the world.
  4. Mrs. Tate, Miss Springer, and Mrs. Worth all react differently to the fact that Elias Pickett might be dead. Explain the differences among them.
  5. At the end of chapter 11, Addie Ann says, “I see those bills in my uncle’s pocket, they don’t amount to a bucket of spit.” What does she mean? Why does she feel this way?


Going Deeper:

Click here to read the Dear Abby advice column that was published in the Jackson Daily News on September 1, 1962.  What do you figure out or infer about the role of white women in society from reading this column?

Now click here to see a high school newspaper from Cleveland Mississippi that was published on November 21, 1963.  Look at the article called “The Ideal Girl.” What does it tell you about how teenage girls were viewed by society back then? What has changed about how girls are treated today? What hasn’t changed? Use specific examples in your answers.

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