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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God Chapter 1 Vocabulary bander log group of people with no leader or law

    dilated widened; expanded

    pugnacious aggressive

    resignation an act of surrender

    sodden dull or expressionless

    treacherous not trustworthy; deceptive

    1. Who are the sitters referred to in the following quotation? Why does the author compare

    them to mules? These sitters had been tongueless, earless, eyeless conveniences all day long. Mules and other

    brutes had occupied their skins.

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    2. Find an example of personification in this chapter.

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    3. Why does Pheoby go to talk to Janie?

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    4. What is Pheoby saying about the porch sitters in the statement, An envious heart makes

    a treacherous ear?

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    5. Why do you think Janie tells Pheoby her story? Why is Pheoby eager to hear it?

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    6. The first and last paragraph of this chapter talk about time and the horizon. What do you

    think the horizon symbolizes? What do you think Hurston is saying about the impact of

    time on mankinds search?

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    Chapter 2 Vocabulary beglamored enchanted

    Chickamauga a bloody Civil War battle

    desecrating violating the sacredness of

    dissolution ending by breaking down

    lacerating ripping, tearing

    quested searched; journeyed

    sanctum a place free from intrusion

    sister-calyxes a large group of cuplike flowers

    1. Why is Janie called Alphabet by the white Washburn family?

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    2. What reasons does Janies grandmother, Nanny, have for purchasing land and a house

    separate from the Washburns home?

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    3. What do you think the pear tree symbolizes in this story?

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    4. Why is the kiss by Johnnie Taylor the end of her childhood?

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    5. Why does Janie think Logan Killicks was desecrating the pear tree?

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    6. What does the following quotation say about Nannys view of men and her reasons for

    wanting Janie to marry Logan Killicks? So de white man throw down de load and tell de nigger man tuh pick it up. He pick it up

    because he have to, but he dont tote it. He hand it to his womenfolks. De nigger woman is de

    mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see. Ah been prayin fuh it tuh be different wid you.

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    7. What dreams is Nanny referring to in the following quotation? Are they Nannys dreams

    or Janies? Ah was born back due in slavery so it wasnt for me to fulfill my dreams of whut a woman oughta

    be and to do. Dats one of de hold-backs of slavery. But nothing cant stop you from wishin.

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    8. What do we learn about Janies grandfather in the flashback to Nannys youth? What do

    we learn about Janies father?

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    9. Why is this novel considered an example of a frame narrative?

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    Chapter 3 Vocabulary conjectures conclusions based on guesswork

    mien an appearance

    mouldy old and crumbling

    1. What indications are there that Janie marries Logan Killicks hoping to find love?

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