Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1 Abstract
* Richard Wright is brought up in a poor black family in Natchez, Tennessee.
* At four-years-old, Richard attempts to burn down his Grandmother's house and kills a stray kitten.
Chapter 2 Abstract
* Richard's father, unable to cope with raising a family in poverty, abandons his wife and children.
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