Short Essay Answer Key
1. What is Elijah afraid of? For what reason?
Elijah is afraid of snakes, partly because the preacher told him that one bite from a snake is horribly painful.
2. Why do Elijah and his friend, Cooter, begin tracking a snake one afternoon?
Elijah and Cooter begin tracking a snake one afternoon because Cooter wants to solve a mystery, but he does not know that the tracks are those of a dangerous snake.
3. What do Cooter and Elijah hide in the knitting belonging to Elijah's mother?
Cooter and Elijah hide a toady frog in the knitting belonging to Elijah's mother because they want to frighten her and she is afraid of toady frogs.
4. Who is Frederick Douglass?
Frederick Douglass is a famous abolitionist who once visited Buxton to celebrate the birth of the first child born in freedom there.
5. Why does Elijah feel...
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