Big Black Good Man Discussion Questions

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Jim, who is a sailor on a passenger ship, is well dressed and carries a large amount of cash. Do some research to find out what passenger ships were like in the days before air travel. Is Jim's affluence realistic? What might have been his job on the ship?

Jim's final words at the end of the story—"Daddy-O, drop dead"—are ambiguous, especially since he "flashed a grin" as he said them. What do you think Jim was thinking and feeling at that moment?

Discuss the three women who appear or are mentioned in the story. What character types do they represent? What do they have in common with one another, and how are they different?

What possible reasons might Wright have had for setting the story in Copenhagen? What role does the setting play in the story's mood and effectiveness? Do you think another...

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