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.
* Hinton Als discusses Himes' work within the context of two other black American writers, Richard Wright and James Baldwin. He says that Himes differed from them because unlike them he was brought up in a middle class family.
* Himes was born to a light skinned mother and a dark skinned father. His father was...
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