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64 pages 2 hours read

Mildred D. Taylor

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 1976

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Essay Topics

1.

The novel deals with weighty themes but includes many humorous moments. When Mary and Big Ma laugh with the children about the school bus or Cassie expresses irritation at T.J., humor lightens the novel’s mood. What other functions does humor serve in the novel? Cite at least two moments in the text where humor affects the novel’s plot, characterizations, or themes.

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Cassie frequently mentions the food that her family prepares and consumes. How do the Logan family’s meals help characterize the family? In your answer, consider who prepares the Logans’ food as well as when and where it is served.

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Cassie’s first-person narration guides readers through the novel. What are some of the qualities that make Cassie a strong narrator? Name at least two qualities and keep in mind the novel’s target audience when constructing your answer.

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