Blues Ain't No Mockingbird Discussion Questions

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The filmmakers in the story, who say they are doing a film for the county on food stamps, note favorably that Granny grows her own vegetables. Research the history of food stamps in the United States, from their institution to the present. Consider the debates on this issue, and use this information to consider why Granny has such a negative reaction to the men's intrusive filming and, perhaps, to their objective in making the film.

Bambara is known for her use of dialect. Read the story, paying close attention to how Bambara denotes the speech patterns of her characters. Consider what dialects you speak or hear spoken in daily life. Attempt, like Bambara, to transcribe these speech patterns into writing.

"Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" examines the question of stereotyping. The filmmakers and some previous landlords or employers have stereotyped Granny, her...

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