1. How does "Chapter 1" begin?
"Chapter 1" begins with Niakoro thinking about the upcoming strike. She remembers how a previous strike killed her husband and many others. The past strike also caused one of her sons to go missing. Niakoro has a hard time weighing the pros and cons of a strike.
2. What happens at the strike meeting in "Chapter 1"?
At the strike meeting, it appears that many people are nervous about the strike. Several speakers try to rally the workers together, and a few people in the crowd become overly passionate. At the end of the meeting the workers vote to strike the following morning.
3. How do the workers feel the morning of the strike in "Chapter 2"?
The workers are still uneasy and nervous about the strike. Many people want to strike, but it is still a frightening situation. As the workers rise, their feelings are shown by the silence and slow movement to work.
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