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Autumn - Chapter 2:

  • What is the Breedlove household like? What was it like in the past?
  • What is the Breedlove family like?
  • Describe the fight between Mrs. Breedlove and Cholly.
  • Why do the Breedloves believe that they are ugly?

  • How are the dandelions that Pecola sees on the way to the store symbolic?
  • What is the significance of the Mary Jane candy wrapper?
  • Explain Mr. Yacobski's reaction to Pecola.
  • What role do the "ladies" upstairs -- China, Poland, and Miss Marie -- play in Pecola's life? What do they make her think about?
  • Why do you think that Claudia keeps on bringing up the topic of babies? Could it be foreshadowing?
  • What was indicated about their lifestyle when Marie said, "Never saw a pair of drawers till I was fifteen, when I left Jackson and was doing day work in Cincinnati. My white lady gave me some old ones of hers. I thought they was some kind of stocking cap. I put it on my head when I dusted. When she saw me she liked to fell out."
  • What does Pecola mean when she says, "Please make me dissapear."?

Spring - Chapter 8

  • How does Morrison humanize Cholly and make his rape seem less horrible?
  • What is Toni Morrison's message behind explaining the Breedloves' tragic story?
  • To what extent are the characters to blame for their actions and to what extent are they simply victims of circumstance?