Short Essay Questions Key
1. In Chapter One, how does the narrator describe Violet Trace?
The narrator describes Violet as a woman living with her husband, Joe, on Lenox Avenue. She is skinny and over fifty years old.
2. How does Violet learn more about Dorcas in Chapter One? What does she learn?
Violet learns more about Dorcas by befriending Dorcas's aunt, Alice. Alice tells her about Dorcas's habits as well as her appearance.
3. Describe Violet's "crazy episodes" as they are presented in Chapter One.
The narrator describes Violet's crazy episodes as the times she does things without knowing why, such as the time she steals a baby out of a stroller for no reason.
4. How does the narrator describe Harlem of the 1920s in Chapter One?
The narrator describes 1920s Harlem as dangerous, exciting, violent, and nurturing. It is a place full of life, yet is also intimidating.
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