Essay Topic 1
Discuss the author of the book and its genre. Why did James Weldon Johnson choose to use the term “autobiography” in the work’s title? Why was it initially published with an anonymous author? When was it republished with the author’s name? Why?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the Civil War, the Reconstruction Era of the United States, and the settings of Georgia and Connecticut during this time period. Where in Georgia does the narrator live with his mother? How does he describe his home and the people in his childhood community? What details does he describe of his father?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the theme of race relations in the novel. How is racial prejudice expressed through the language of the narrator during his childhood? How does the language influence the narrator’s views of African Americans and whites? What impact does this language have on readers...
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