Carver: A Life in Poems Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In "Prayer of the Ivory-Handled Knife," where did George find the knife?

In "Prayer of the Ivory-Handled Knife," George Washington Carver found an ivory handled knife inside of a watermelon in the garden just as he had dreamed about the night before.

2. In "Watkins Laundry and Apothecary," what did Carver say about a flower?

In "Watkins Laundry and Apothecary," Carver said that the flower he was holding carried a message from flowers that bloomed a million years before as the seeds were passed down from generations of flowers.

3. What was "Drifter" about?

"Drifter" was about George Washington Carver's large amount of creativity and curiosity that led him on his intense quest for education.

4. What happened in "The Perceiving Self"?

In "The Perceiving Self," George Washington Carver was walking along enjoying the scenery and looking at the plants when he watched a black man be chased down and burned by group of cruel and laughing white men.

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