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.
Act 1 Abstract
* THE RIVER NIGER is a play about a black family living in the 1970s in Harlem.
* As the play opens, it is 4:30 on a February afternoon in a Harlem brownstone.
* Grandma Brown surreptitiously pours whiskey into a cup of coffee before retreating to her bedroom.
* John Williams, the man of the house, enters and...
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