A lesson before dying chapter questions and answers

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a lesson before dying chapter questions and answers

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three men are killed; the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, who left his hometown for the university, has returned to the plantation school to teach. As he struggles with his decision whether to stay or escape to another state, his aunt and Jeffersons godmother persuade him to visit Jefferson in his cell and impart his learning and his pride to Jefferson before his death. In the end, the two men forge a bond as they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting and defying the expected. Ernest J. Gaines brings to this novel the same rich sense of place, the same deep understanding of the human psyche, and the same compassion for a people and their struggle that have informed his previous, highly praised works of fiction.
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Read Along "A Lesson Before Dying" Ch. 7 - 8

A Lesson Before Dying Chapters 1-4 Quiz

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Who says that all in the courtroom know what the outcome of the trial will be? Who is the young African American man at the center of the trial? Which of the following men did not get into the car to go to the bar? Where did the men in 3 end up going? Who grabs a gun and starts shooting? Who is the maid at the house in 7?

See Important Quotations Explained. A maid lets Grant into the Pichot kitchen through the back door.
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In school, Grant finds his students planning for the annual Christmas program. He reminds them to keep just one person in mind this Christmas season, referring to Jefferson. At her request, Grant visits Miss Emma. Grant is irritated, feeling once again that he cannot help Jefferson and stating that he will not let Jefferson make him feel guilty. Tante Lou insists that Grant continue his visits.

This quiz covers chapters of A Lesson Before Dying. Everyone was at the trial and the news related to the trial spread fast so you did not actually have to attend the trial. The outcome of the trial was already decided because Jefferson was black and the store owner was white, and because of the racism of the time it was not necessary to be in court to know what would happen. Grant was in attendance everyday of the trial, he was movable like a stone and would be in court everyday, so that he would know what was happening. He is more educated then Henri Pichot and therefor Henri Pichot does not like or respect him because he is an educated Black man and that is a challenge to Henri Pichots sense of being better then Black people. He does not like Henri Pichot because he is not educated and does not understand what is going on with the trial of Jefferson and is not being helpful.

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