55 pages 1 hour read

Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1937

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Reading, Discussion & Quiz Questions



1. What is the name of the all-Black town to which Janie returns at the start the novel?

2. What is the name of Janie’s husband who just died?

3. To which character does Janie tell her story?

4. Who is Janie’s father?

5. Who is Logan Killicks?

6. What happens to Nanny a month after Janie reveals her marriage is loveless?

7. Which character takes Janie to Eatonville at the end of Chapter 4?


1. What scandal do Janie’s neighbors discuss at the start of the novel?