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Jazz Summary
Toni Morrison

Everything you need to understand or teach Jazz by Toni Morrison.

  • Jazz Summary & Study Guide
  • 30 Jazz Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

Jazz Summary

Plot Summary

Jazz is the story of a love affair between Joe Trace, a fifty-year-old married waiter and part-time cosmetics salesman, and Dorcas, a seventeen-year-old girl. When Dorcas leaves Joe for a younger man, he tracks her down at a party and shoots her. Dorcas refuses to implicate Joe, declining medical assistance and telling everyone who asks about the shooter, "I'll tell you tomorrow."

Tomorrow, of course, she is dead. Joe's wife Violet, reputed to be a crazy woman, goes to the funeral with a knife and attempts to disfigure the face of the beautiful girl in her casket. Violet is strong, but finally the ushers wrestle her to the floor. She has only managed to nick Dorcas under the ear.

Crazy Violet has a brief affair with another man. When that fails to move Joe, she decides to fall in love with him all over, but she is unable...

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Study Pack

The Jazz Study Pack contains about 71 pages of study material in 8 products, including:

Jazz Study Guide

Lesson Plan

All teaching products sold separately.

Jazz Lesson Plans contain 112 pages of teaching material, including:

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