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Their Eyes Were Watching God Reading Questions

Chapter One
1. Describe the contrast made for the “porch sitters” as workers and as storytellers (1-2).
2. How do the porch sitters respond to Janie’s return to town? • Men • Women
3. What is Janie’s impression of the porch sitters?

Chapter Two

1. Janie has an identity problem until she is around six. Why? • racial identity problem • personal identity problem • social identity problem
2. On page 12, the narration changes. Why might it be necessary for someone else to begin telling Janie’s story now?
3. On pages 10-11, the narrator describes Janie’s awakening urges to experience life, love, etc… Where does she first notice this urge?
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What does she say has been behind his lack of acceptance of her as a person? (page 82)
3. At Jody’s death, what symbolic gesture does Janie make to assert her sense of self?

Chapter Nine
1. The narrator uses the metaphor, “Janie starched and ironed her face and came set in the funeral behind her veil.” What about Janie’s behavior is being described?
2. What two small changes does Janie make after Jody’s death? (page 85)
3. What resentment does Janie harbor for her grandmother?
4. What does she say Nanny took away from her?

Chapter Ten
1. Upon their first meeting, what kinds of things do Janie and Vergible Woods (Tea Cake) do?
1. This chapter closes with an analogy; the moon “quenching the thirst of the day.” How does this reflect Janie’s situation?

Chapter Eleven
1. How is Tea Cake’s treatment of Janie different than Logan’s and Jody’s?
2. What speech characteristic does Tea Cake encourage in Janie? (page 104)
Chapter Twelve
1. What is the town’s reaction to Tea Cake and Janie’s relationship?
2. What is Tea Cake offering Janie in this relationship? (page 105)
3. What does Janie mean when she says Tea Cake “done taught me de maiden language all over?”

Chapter Thirteen
1. What was the narrator’s reason for telling Annie Tyler’s story?
2. What has happened to Janie’s $200 dollars which she was keeping secret from Tea Cake?
3. What happens when Tea Cake tries to get the money back?
4. How does Tea Cake prove his

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