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It shows that grandpa is a racist man. Do you think he will show more of his racist side in the chapters to come? If so why do you think that?
No I think he will warm up and treat the negroes like white people.
After Hiram helped and talked to the African field hand his grandpa got mad at him for it. Do you think Hiram will follow in his grandpa's footsteps and be racist or will he be a man who believes in equality.? Explain?
equality, because he was curious and wanted to help the slave out.
Hirams' dad hates the word hate. Why do you think his dad felt that way about that word?
Probably had something to do with the war and Hirams dad has changed alot from a loving father to a soldier who shouts often at his own son. He's also a preacher and believes in God and doesn't believe in the word hate should be in existence.
Why would Hiram go fishing with RC knowing he was so mean and that he could hurt him? Do you think it was because of fear?
RC is his friend and he's been friends for a long time; Hiram was a little afraid of RC, but not entirely.
Why would RC be so cruel to older mentally challenged men. Does he not care about anyone but himself? Explain
I think that since RC doesn't like a lot of people including the Remingtons . He only cares about himself, because he is being bullied at home by his father or brother at home and takes his anger out on others.
RC had stabbed and poked a fish's eye out at the end of the chapter, based on this, what type of person do you think RC is?
I think he's cruel who enjoys watching others suffer or in pain.
In Chp 3, Hiram had found out his grandma had passed away. What would you do if you were in Hiram's shoes, how would you feel? Explain
I love my nannn an alot, and if I found out that she had passed, I would be depressed and sad, and I might want to take my anger out on others or find a way to vent my anger.
Why do you think everyone assumes that Hiram likes Naomi? Do you think HIram likes Naomi? Why or why not. Explain
Hiram hangs out with her alot and talks to her alot when he feels somethings up; I think he likes her because he spends time with her and is good friends.
Now that Hiram's grandma is gone, how do you think it will affect grandpa with her not being around anymore?
I would think that Hirams grandpa would be depressed for awhile and feel lonely too.
Hirams dad was making him move away from his grandpa. Why do you think Harlan won't let Hiram stay with his grandpa when his grandpa had raised Hiram for practically his whole life?
Harlan and grandpa hadn't talked since Harlan said he was moving the family to Arizona and grandpa blew his stack, cussing and shouting and it made them both angrier. So this is why he wasn't going to let Hiram stay with grandpa
Why do you think that Hiram's mom thinks that if Hiram goes to see his grandpa that it might soften Harlan and Hiram's heart?
Because Hiram will spend more time with someone he loves and his dad will see that Hiram wants to be with his grandpa more often which could make his heart softer toward Hiram.
Why do you think that Harlan tried to stall Hiram's trip to Mississippi as long as he could?
Because he didn't want his son hanging out with grandpa who he thought that he might be a bad influence on him.
Why does Hiram say that Mississippi is where he belongs?
He says that because he was born there and he was comfortable there since he lived there most of his life.
What does Ruthanne do for grandpa when she 's at his house?
Ruthanne helps cook and cleans for him, so grandpa saves his energy and doesn't suffer from another stroke.
What was the name of the man who owns the shop down in Money? Explain what type of man he is?
Mr. Paul . He's a nice and generous man with a kind heart and loves that Hiram comes to his shop alot.
What is the main illness Grandpa has that keeps him in pain and not being able to do much?
Diabetes. It's painful because he had a stroke and it made his body weak.
Why do you think Hiram helped Emmett when he was drowning knowing his grandpa didn't like him associating with black people?
Because Hiram knew it was the right thing to do, and black or not, it was an innocent life at stake. His grandpa is racist and thinks that black people should talk to their own kind .
Why is Grandpa so generous towards letting a lot of people use his truck?
Other people have helped grandpa with things, so he feels that it is the best he can do, to let them borrow his truck. (Like, give a favor, get a favor)
Why do you think Grandpa doesn't want to go to the fields that he owned which he hasn't been to in a long while?
Because he doesn't want to see the negroes that are working on the farm and he feels superior to him and maybe it makes him angry to see them.
Do you think Mr. Paul changed Hiram's opinion about racism? Explain.
Why do you think Hiram is so eager to see Naomi, when he feels that Naomi won't remember him?
Because he wants to see if she has changed at all since he has been away. Naomi will remember him because they spent alot of time together when they were kids.
Why do you think RC is so cocky about himself when he basically never accomplished anything in his life?
RC wants to believe that he is special and a good person, when really he is not. He's also insecure with who he really is.
Why do you think Hiram agreed to go fishing with RC? Do you think it was so RC wouldn't keep Naomi from him? Why or why not?
I think that RC wanted to talk, and joke and torment about negroes with Hiram. It didn't have anything to do with Naomi, because Naomi was there for him most of the time.
Why do you think RC was so mean and cruel to Emmett when he was taking something that was given to him.
Because RC sees no humanity in blacks and only whites are worthy of respect. So whatever Emmett had, he believed belonged to him.
Hiram is upset, and Grandpa knows it. So Hiram tells him what is wrong. Hiram feels bad for the African boy RC was torturing, but Grandpa wants hi to know that there are no friendships between the white and coloreds. Why doesn't Grandpa just give up and let Hiram follow his own beliefs?
Grandpa wants Hiram to fit into his crowd in Mississippi, and treat the negroes like everyone else does in Mississippi.
Why do you think Grandpa kept telling Hiram not to testify at the trial?
Because he doesn't want Hiram to embarass the family name or get involved in it because he is cautious about possibly getting into trouble.
Even though Hiram hasn't seen Naomi in awhile, why does he think he can open up to her?
He thinks that their friendship goes deep enough and he can tell her anything and he trusts her.
In Chp 10, a Negro kid goes missing. Hiram figures out that it's Emmett Why didn't Hiram stick up for Emmett when he was being tortured at the lake since he cared so much about Emmett.?
Hiram was afraid to stand up for Emmett because of what RC might do to him.
Hiram said he dreamt about him and his dad fishing together. Do you think that Hiram wants to do more stuff like fishing with his dad? Explain.
yes he does want to spend more time with his dad and patch things up. They get into fights alot about things that involve grandpa.
Do you think that HIram's father will be worried when he hears Hiram has to stay in Mississippi? Explain
Harlan will be worried because he loves his son, and doesnt want him to stay. But HIram has to stay to testify and can't leave the state until the trial ends.
In Chp 11, Emmett's body has been discovered in the Tallahatchie River. Hiram wonders if RC was involved in the murder. Is he? Explain.
No I don't think RC wasn't involved, but Hiram thinks that he could be because he tortured Emmett a few days ago.
How do you think Hiram felt when he saw they had found Emmett;s body in the Tallahatchie River?
Hiram felt shocked, baffled and upset that he was dead.
Where do you think RC went after Emmett's body was found?
Rc probably went to hide somewhere, because they might have thought he was involved since he tortured him not too long ago.
In Chp 12, it says "That doesn't give RC and those two men the right to murder him". Grandpa knows that any murder is wrong, but still thinks whites are better than blacks. Why? Explain.
Grandpa still thinks that whites are superior to blacks, because whites have more freedom and rights than the blacks and therefore more power.
Why do you think Naomi didn't want Hiram testifying in the trial?
Because they would put pressure on him to say things that might not be true, she thought that he might say something wrong and get someone in trouble.
Why do you think Hiram believes that RC has something to do with the murder?
Hiram thinks that RC didn't like Emmett, and he was another kid for him to push around. And RC acted like a jerk around Emmett.
In this chapter Hiram promises Naomi that he won't go to the trial and say anything about RC. If Hiram did say anything about RC how would it affect Naomi's family?
I think it would affect Naomi's family in which that she and RC and his family could've been killed if he said anything.
Why do you think Naomi didn't want Hiram walking her home? Why do you think she felt that way? What might've happened?
Naomi just wanted to be alone and wanted to think about how the trial would go in the up coming days.
Do you agree with Hiram for going through with the trial and testifying?
I really don't agree that Hiram should've gone through with the trial and that he should've not gone to that trial.
How do you think Hiram feels being one of the only whites in the trial possible testifying?
He felt kind of alone and uncomfortable with that and he was uncomfortable talking about a friend who had died a few days ago.
Why do you feel Grandpa was so nervous during the trial?
He was afraid that Hiram would say something bad that could put shame to the Hillburn name.
Why do you think they would not use the death penalty in this trial for the alleged murders?
I think they would probably use the death penalty for murdering an innocent boy.
Why do you think Uncle Mose didn't try to stop the people that were kidnapping Emmett like it said in the newspaper?
He probably felt afraid and un sure if he stepped in to defend the negro boy from the murderers that wanted Emmet dead.
Why do you think Grandpa was trying so hard to get rid of his truck?
So that he would never remember the trial and forget the debts that people owed him for things he've done for them.
Do you think racism affected the trial?
No, I think it did not affect the trial in any way.
Why was Grandpa so awful looking and pale after the trial, explain your answer.
He was very nervous and ill from the diabeties that held him down.
Why do you think Hiram believed Ronnie when he said Grandpa had something to do with the murder?
Since Grandpa never liked Negros in general, Ronnie thought that Grandpa participated in the murder of Emmet Till, because Grandpa didn't want Hiram hanging out with any Negros.
Grandpa had admitted he'd been there when they hurt Emmett. He said he'd left before they killed him. Do you believe Grandpa left before they killed him? why or why not?
I believe Grandpa, because he never liked Hiram hanging out with Emmet and wanted to see Emmet's demise.
Why do you think Hiram needed to talk to Naomi so badly in the beginning of the chapter?
He needed to tell her how the trial went and that her family would be safe from the death penalty.
Do you think that after all this stuff happened Mississippi, Hiram will want to go back?
Hiram would probably not want to go back, knowing that his Grandpa was there at Emmet's killing and he felt un happy when he learned that too.
It says something good could happen from this trial. What good could come from this?
I still think that Grandpa Hilburn is still racist and will never come to like Negros all around, and that the Rydell family is safe from death.
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