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.
* The Author's Note opens the book.
* The Author's Note is written by Styron, and it details how he based this work of fiction on an actual historical event.
* Styron states that he's rarely departed from the known facts about the insurrection.
* Styron also states that where there is little knowledge regarding Nat, he has...
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