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Collections Grade 7 Guiding Questions

Collection 3
“from Mississippi Solo” by Eddy Harris
Read the selection from the memoir Mississippi Solo by Eddy Harris. Then, reread the lines indicated with each question below.
Answer each question, citing text evidence.

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Lines 6–8: What evidence in these lines reveals that this text is a memoir? How have events already shaped the author’s
ideas about this day?
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Line 10: What sentence fragments are in this line? What ideas do you have about why the author chose to write in this
style?
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Lines 13–25: How does the author personify the river? What effect does this comparison have on the text?
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Lines 65–67: What evidence describes what the tips of the tress are being compared to? Describe the impact this simile
has on the text.
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Lines 85–10o: What ideas do you have about why this particular episode is so memorable for the author? How did events
shape his ideas about the episode?
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