This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
When the woman is first attacked by the boy, she asks him,
“If I turn you loose, will you run?” and he says, “Yes’m.” Why does the boy tell the truth?
2. When they reach her boarding house, a place where the
rooms are rented out like mini-apartments to many people, she takes him inside but leaves her door open. Why might she do that?
3. From what point of view is this story written? Mark details
that support your answer.
4. Where do you see Hughes employing dialect? If it is hard to
understand, can you hear it “in your mind’s ear”? Can you understand it better now? Why use dialect at all?
5. As Mrs. Jones begins to warm supper for the two of them,
Hughes writes, “He did not trust the woman not to trust him.
And he did not want to be mistrusted now.” What does he mean? 6. The woman begins to call him “son” partway through this situation. Comment on that.
7. Knowing that Mrs. Jones is going to make them something to eat,
Roger offers to go to the store for milk. What does their exchange about this reveal is happening between them?
8. What is the highest point of tension (climax) in this story, after
which no more tension is apparent, only denouement?
9. What is the author speaking of, in this story (what is a theme