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Nighjohn Study Guide
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What point of view is the novel written in? Why would the author choose to narrate the novel this way?
The novel is written in first person point of view. The author chooses to narrate the novel this way to give readers an inside glimpse of what life was like for slaves.
Who is mammy?
She is Sarneys caretaker.
A large farm in tropical and subtropical climates that specializes in the production of one or two crops for sale, usually to a more developed country.
A system of enforced servitude in which some people are owned by other people.
Who is Sarney's overseer?
What were the advantages and disadvantages of Sarny's job in the flower garden?
An advantage is Sarney can listen to the women through the window to learn what is going on in the real world. She has to worry about the green bugs that eat the roses, and she has to chew tobacco leaves and spit on the plants to kill the bugs even though she thought it didn't taste good and made her sick.
What is Nighjohn's mission?
To teach slaves how to read.
Mammy says to NightJohn, "You are born to leave." What do you think she means?
She is saying that Nightjohn isn't a person who stays in one place, he is always on the move.
Where did Nighjohn take Sarney at the end and what did they do there?
He took her to 'Pit School' to learn how to read and write with other slaves.
Why is Sarny's mother not around? Who raised Sarny?
Sarney's mom was sold to another owner. The person the raised Sarney was old Delie.
Describe NightJohn from Sarny's point of view.
When she first met Nightjohn she thought he was a troublemaker because of all the scars on his back. But when he started teaching her reading, she thought he was smart and was amazed on how much more he knew than her.
What point of view is the novel told from?
Why do people think Sarney is dumb and do you think she is?
People think she is dumb because she is quiet but she is actually very smart.
How much did Nighjohn cost Waller?
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