A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League Topics for Discussion

Ron Suskind
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Two lines from Cedric's poem read, "Always looking at same hues is no fun,/ Maybe I'll just let the colors run." Given the context of the entire poem, discuss what Cedric is attempting to say.

Define "affirmative action." Is it a valid policy for organizations and institutions? Defend your response.

What middle-class values does Cedric already possess when he enters Brown, even though he does not realize it. Cite specific examples from the text to support your listing.

Why are sex, drugs and drinking the cause of ruin in inner city kids and yet not a problem among middle and upper-class Brown students?

It is often said that African American women cling to their religion. Why do you think this is so? Support your answer by citing specific examples from the life of Barbara Jennings.

Attempts to make education equal for all races, beginning...

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