The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What happened to Harper's mother in "The Legend of Pin Oak"? When was he brought to the plantation?

Harper's mother died on the day he was born. Amos named his son and then handed him over to his mother-in-law to raise when he ran away from the memory of his wife. When Harper was still a child, his father returned and took him back to Pin Oak. Amos also brought to Pin Oak Henri, his son by a free slave in New Orleans.

2. How did Amos treat Henri growing up in "The Legend of Pin Oak"?

Although Amos never admitted publicly that Henri was his son, Amos always treated him with compassion and gave him special privileges around the plantation, including making him overseer. Henri had always had more love and interest in the plantation than Harper, anyway.

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