The Help Short Essay - Answer Key

Kathryn Stockett
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1. Who does Aibileen go to work for at the beginning of the novel? What happened just a few months before she accepted this job?

Aibileen goes to work for the Leefolt family at the beginning of the novel to care for their newborn daughter, Mae Mobley. Just a few months before taking this job, Aibileen's son, Treelore, died in an accident at his place of employment.

2. What was Treelore hoping to do before his death? How did Aibileen feel about this?

Treelore was hoping to write a book about what it was like to be a black man in Mississippi in the sixties. Aibileen knew about this dream and was proud of her son's ambition, but worried about his safety among the white people in the area when they learned about his book.

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