A Gathering of Old Men Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the significance of Janey scolding Snookum to call Candy "Miss Candy" and Lou "Mr. Lou"?

The significance of Janey scolding Snookum to call Candy "Miss Candy" and Lou "Mr. Lou" is that it signals the reader that the relationship between black and white characters doss not change much in this area.

2. How can readers tell that Gram Mon is poor?

The reader can tell that Gram Mon is poor because in the story, she looks in the pot to see what is for supper and the pot contains only turnips. In fact, Gram Mon looks in the pot to see if there is anything at all in the pot.

3. How does the reader know where the story is taking place?

The reader gets clues that the story is taking place in the Deep South because of Snookum's dialect and his description of the tractors hauling sugar cane. Also, it appears that the black people are very poor but Candy, who is white, is not. She is dressed in modern clothes and drives a big car.

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