Not Without Laughter Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does Aunt Hager help others during and after the storm?

At the beginning of the story, Aunt Hager is desperately trying to get Sandy and herself into her cellar and get the door shut. After the storm, Aunt Hager, who was a nurse, helped those in need.

2. Summarize "Storm."

In broad strokes, Storm concerns the normal reaction of townspeople to a cyclone in a black and white town. The black people immediately tend to the white people who are hysterical; the black people have to fend for themselves.

3. How is it revealed in this chapter that class structure and race is important to the people of Stanton?

Aunt Hager and Sister Whiteside first talk about Sandy and Sandy's friend Buster, who was half-black and probably had a white father. They then talk about Tempy and her husband who have done well financially and have stopped hanging around lower-class blacks with darker skin. In general, it becomes clear that Stanton largely has three social classes, whites, lower class and mostly darker blacks, and then lighter-skinned middle class blacks. Middle class blacks often seek to distinguish themselves from lower-class blacks to gain the approval of whites.

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