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?"

This signals the reader that the relationship between black and white characters has not changed much in this area.

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

She looks in the pot to see what is for supper and the pot contains only turnips.

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

The reader gets clues that the location is the Deep South because of Snookum's dialect and his description of the tractors hauling sugar cane.

4. How do readers know the year this story is taking place?

The reference to Candy's "shiney car" and the fact that the black people seem to have their own rented quarters suggests the story is after the Civil War.

5. Who is Janey and who does she work for?

Janey is a servant for the Major and Miss Bea.

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