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    Chapter 1 Questions and Answers

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    1. What has the woman who is introduced come back from doing?

     

    1. Why were all the people able to see her coming into town?

     

    1. What do they remember about the woman?

     

    1. What do the men notice about Janie as she walks down the street, and what do the women notice about her?

     

    1. What does Pheoby bring for Janie?

     

    1. What is Janie doing as Pheoby walks in?

     

    1. According to Sam Watson, why do the residents of Eatonville want to rise on Judgment Day?

     

    1. Why does Sam specifically want to rise as well?

     

    1. Does Janie intend to tell the residents of Eatonville what happened while she was gone?

     

    1. What do you think Janie mean when she says “unless you see de fur, a mink skin ain’t no different from a coon hide?”

     

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    Chapter 2 Questions and Answers

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    1. Why is it hard for Janie to start her story?

     

    1. Why was Janie called Alphabet?

     

    1. Why had Janie been spending so much time underneath the pear tree?

     

    1. Who is the “glorious being” that Janie sees coming up the road?

     

    1. Why is Nanny scared for Janie?

     

    1. Why does Nanny want Janie to marry Logan Killicks?

     

    1. What happened to Nanny’s rapist?

     

    1. Why did Nanny run away from the plantation in Savannah?

     

    1. Who was Janie’s father?

     

    1. Why do you think Nanny calls herself a “cracked plate”?

     

     

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    Chapter 3: Questions

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    1. What does Janie ask herself as the marriage approaches?

     

    1. Who arranges Janie’s wedding ceremony?

     

    1. When Janie asks Nanny for “information” what does Nanny assume?

     

    1. What does Janie want Nanny to do?

     

    1. What do you think Nanny means when she says “bein’ a fool don’t kill nobody. It just makes you sweat”?

     

    1. What doesn’t Janie like about Logan’s appearance?

     

    1. What does Nanny do after Janie leaves her?

     

    1. What is “a bloom time, a green time, and an orange time?”

     

    1. What does she tell the seeds, and why?

     

    1. What “failed” Janie, and what does she do about this?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 4: Questions and Answers

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    1. How does Logan treat Janie differently in the months that follow Nanny’s death?

     

    1. What does Janie do when Logan threatens not to chop any wood for her?

     

    1. Why does Logan want an extra mule?

     

    1. Describe Joe as Janie first sees him.

     

    1. As Joe walked down the road, “he acted like Mr. Washburn or somebody like that to Janie.” What do you think this implies?

     

    1. Why does Joe want Janie to shake her head?

     

    1. What do you think Janie mean when she says to Logan, “you don’t take nothin’ to count but sow-belly and cornbread”?

     

    1. Why does Logan ask Janie to come to the barn while she is in the middle of cooking breakfast?

     

    1. What does Logan look like with a shovel in his hand?
    2. According to Janie, why is Logan mad at her words?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 5: Questions and Answers

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    1. What does Joe buy for Janie as they are traveling to Eatonville?

     

    1. Describe the town as it is when Joe and Janie first arrive.

     

    1. When Joe leaves town for the first time, who stays behind, and why?

     

    1. How does Lee Coker respond to Amos Hicks and his criticism of Janie?

     

    1. How does Hicks respond to Joe’s announcement that he is going to get a post office for Eatonville?

     

    1. Why is Tony Taylor upset at Lige Moss during the party celebrating the store’s grand opening?

     

    1. How does Joe decide to celebrate the arrival of the street lamp?

     

    1. Describe the Starks’ new house.

     

    1. What did the phrase “Our beloved Mayor” mean to the residents of Eatonville?

     

    1. Describe the incident between Henry Pitts and Joe Starks.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 6: Questions and Answers

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    1. Sam tells Matt that his mule is in trouble by the lake. What has supposedly happened with the mule?

     

    1. What does Joe do before he buys the mule?

     

    1. How much does Matt get for the mule?

     

    1. What is Sam and Lige’s argument about?

     

    1. What position does each man hold in this argument, and what proof do they offer?

     

    1. Why are Jim and Dave arguing in the store?

     

    1. How does Joe ruin the argument for Janie?

     

    1. According to Joe, what is the difference between him and Janie?

     

    1. Why does Joe pretend to read the paper when Mrs. Robbins walks in?

     

    1. What does God supposedly tell Janie?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 7: Questions and Answers

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    1. What did Janie get from Joe?

     

    1. Explain the following sentence. “She sat and watched the shadow of herself going about tending store and prostrating itself before Jody, while all the time she herself sat under a shady tree with the wind blowing through her hair and her clothes.”

     

    1. Why does Joe tell Janie to stop playing croquet?

     

    1. How does Joe look older?

     

    1. What mistake does Janie make in the store?

     

    1. Why do people stop laughing at Joe’s insult of Janie’s body?

     

    1. According to Janie, what has Joe “mixed up”?

     

    1. How does Janie describe herself to Joe?

     

    1. Who starts to tease Joe after Janie’s retort?
    2. What do you think the phrase “playin’ de dozens” means?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 8: Questions and Answers

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    1. Where does Joe sleep after the fight from the preceding chapter?

     

    1. What do you think the sentence “Well, if she must eat out of a long-handled spoon, she must.” means?

     

    1. Since Joe is refusing to see Janie, who is cooking and cleaning for him?

     

    1. What does Pheoby advise Janie to do about the rumor that she is poisoning her husband?

     

    1. What does Pheoby know about the medicine man who started the rumor about Janie?

     

    1. What medical problem does Joe have?

     

    1. Describe how the character of Death is described

     

    1. Joe claims that Janie never had sympathy for him. Does Janie agree?

     

    1. What does Janie want Joe to do before he dies?

     

    1. What has been waiting for Janie in the looking glass?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 9: Questions and Answers

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    1. What song does the Elks band play during Joe’s funeral?

     

    1. Why is Janie content to keep things as they are for now?

     

    1. What does Janie do during the evenings?

     

    1. Why does Janie consider returning to where she came from?

     

    1. How long has Joe been dead when Ike Green proposes to help Janie?

     

    1. How does Janie get rid of Ike Green?

     

    1. How long does Janie wear black?

     

    1. How does Hezekiah become more like Joe?

     

    1. How do the townspeople treat Janie after she starts to wear white?

     

    1. Who is pressuring Pheoby to introduce him to Janie?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 10: Questions and Answers

    Study Guide Questions

    1. At what time does Tea Cake come into the store?

     

    1. What does Tea Cake buy at the store?

     

    1. Does Janie like checkers?

     

    1. Why does Janie complain about their game?

     

    1. How does Tea Cake intend to get home?

     

    1. Why didn’t Tea Cake tell Janie his name until she asks for it?

     

    1. How does Janie joke about his nickname?

     

    1. What is “knuckle puddin’”?

     

    1. What does Janie add to Tea Cake’s name and does he like this name?

     

    1. What does Janie do after Tea Cake walks away?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 11: Questions and Answers

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    1. Why does Tea Cake tell Janie to have another Coca-Cola?

     

    1. Where do Janie and Tea Cake go fishing?

     

    1. How is Tea Cake prepared to play with Janie’s hair?

     

    1. What kind of fish does Tea Cake catch for Janie?

     

    1. What does Janie wish about herself?

     

    1. How much does Tea Cake want to bet Janie that he loves her?

     

    1. Why does Tea Cake wake Janie up a couple of days after their fight?

     

    1. What is Tea Cake doing in Janie’s hammock?

     

    1. Why does Tea Cake bring a car to Janie’s store?

     

    1. How long has Tea Cake been saving money to take Janie to the picnic?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 12: Questions and Answers

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    1. How long has Joe been dead in this chapter?

     

    1. What color does Janie usually wear?

     

    1. What does the Pastor say about Tea Cake?

     

    1. Where does Pheoby stop before she goes to Janie’s house?

     

    1. Why doesn’t Janie wear mourning clothes anymore?

     

    1. Why is Pheoby scared that Janie is becoming like a possum?

     

    1. Why does Janie decide to sell the store?

     

    1. What does Janie mean when she says, “ah done lived Grandma’s way, now ah means to live mine”?

     

    1. How is Pheoby like a chicken?

     

    1. What costume is Janie preparing for her marriage to Tea Cake?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 13: Questions and Answers

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    1. Does anybody from Eatonville see Janie leave?

     

    1. What does Janie send Pheoby after a week in Jacksonville?

     

    1. Why does Mrs. Samuels ask Janie to drink coffee with her?

     

    1. How did Annie Tyler get her money?

     

    1. How much money does Janie still have in Eatonville?

     

    1. How does Janie know Tea Cake is coming back?

     

    1. What does Tea Cake do with the ugly women who want to get into the party?

     

    1. What happens with two men who want to fight each other at Tea Cake’s party?

     

    1. What does God know about Tea Cake?

     

    1. What is the name of the man who cuts Tea Cake with a razor?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 14: Questions and Answers

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    1. When does the bean season open?

     

    1. Why is Tea Cake waiting for his new boss?

     

    1. Why doesn’t Tea Cake gamble while they are waiting for the beans to grow?

     

    1. How does Tea Cake make Janie practice shooting?

     

    1. What is Tea Cake’s favorite dish?

     

    1. Why does Janie make dessert every night?

     

    1. What happens when the houses fill up?

     

    1. Why do people come to Tea Cake and Janie’s house every night?

     

    1. How often does Tea Cake win at gambling?

     

    1. Who won the card game?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 15: Questions and Answers

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    1. Describe Nunkie.

     

    1. How would Nunkie play with Tea Cake?

     

    1. How does Janie react to Nunkie’s games?

     

    1. How does Janie find out where Tea Cake is?

     

    1. Why does Janie go home instead of to work?

     

    1. What does Tea Cake do to keep Janie from running away?

     

    1. How does Tea Cake “bruise” Janie’s ears?

     

    1. Does Janie believe that Tea Cake was ever interested in Nunkie?

     

    1. Why does Janie want to hear Tea Cake’s denial once again?

     

    1. How does Tea Cake describe Nunkie to Janie?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 16: Questions and Answers

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    1. Where do Tea Cake and Janie go now that the season is over and most of the people are leaving?

     

    1. Describe Mrs. Turner.

     

    1. How does Tea Cake joke about Mrs. Turner’s appearance?

     

    1. Mrs. Turner guesses to Janie that Tea Cake is very rich. Why?

     

    1. What does Mrs. Turner believe should be done about the “black race”?

     

    1. According to Janie, why do white people want to stay away from blacks?

     

    1. Why is Mrs. Turner so proud of her brother?

     

    1. What does Tea Cake intend to do about Mrs. Turner’s insults?

     

    1. Why does Tea Cake accuse Mrs. Turner of “making God look foolish”?

     

    1. How does Mrs. Turner feel when she is with Janie?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 17: Questions and Answers

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    1. How many times does Tea Cake slap Janie?

     

    1. Why doesn’t Sop-de-Bottom hit his wife anymore?

     

    1. Why don’t the police arrest drunks on the weekend?

     

    1. Why is the whole gang at Mrs. Turner’s café?

     

    1. What do Sterrett and Coodemay order at the café?

     

    1. What does Coodemay ask the waitress to do?

     

    1. How does the fight start?

     

    1. Why does Mrs. Turner try to refuse Tea Cake’s help?

     

    1. What happens when everyone decides to make up?

     

    1. What do Coodemay and Sterrett do on Monday morning?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 18: Questions and Answers

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    1. How much money are the workers making picking beans?

     

    1. Who begins to sing and dance to Tea Cake’s guitar?

     

    1. How much money does Tea Cake win from Motor Boat?

     

    1. Why does Tea Cake go out while Janie is packing up their things?

     

    1. How deep is the water when they leave the house?

     

    1. What does Tea Cake have to abandon because of the strength of the storm?

     

    1. How long and wide is Lake Okechobee according to Tea Cake?

     

    1. What does Motor Boat plan to do if the water gets into the house?

     

    1. Why does the cow panic when Janie grabs on to her tail?

     

    1. How could that dog have “raised hell” with Tea Cake?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 19: Questions and Answers

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    1. Why does Tea Cake believe he can walk through the streets without being forced to work?

     

    1. What do the white men call Tea Cake?

     

    1. Whom has Tea Cake seen alive, and who has died in the flood?

     

    1. What does Tea Cake refuse from Janie?

     

    1. Whom does Janie meet as she goes to the see the doctor about the medicine?

     

    1. Does the doctor have the medicine for Tea Cake?

     

    1. Why does Tea Cake tell Janie not to work in the front yard?

     

    1. What does Janie do after Tea Cake falls dead on her?

     

    1. What is worse than death to Janie?

     

    1. Why did Sop and the others try to hurt Janie?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chapter 20 Questions and Answers

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    1. How does Sop-de-Bottom explain the town’s attack on Mrs. Turner’s brother?

     

    1. How does the town make itself feel better after what they did to Janie?

     

    1. How long had the town’s anger lasted against Janie?

     

    1. What is the Everglades to Janie without Tea Cake?

     

    1. What does Janie keep for herself from the Everglades?

     

    1. What is love like, according to Janie?

     

    1. What does Pheoby plan to do tomorrow?

     

    1. What are the two things that everybody has to do for themselves?

     

    1. What is Tea Cake wearing for a shawl?

     

    1. Where is peace for Janie?