Scorpions Topics for Discussion

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1. How important is it for ethnic groups to use standard English? Jamal likes grammar, and could use good language if he wanted to, but at school he uses the word "yeah" to answer Mr. Davidson's question, and the principal corrects him. " 'Yes' . . . At least try to talk as if you're civilized." How would he be regarded if he used "good" English in his neighborhood?

2. Why do the Scorpions not want members as old as Randy and Mack?

Why do they want young boys?

3. Which incidents in the book show that these adults do not respect or care for children?

4. Discuss this statement, "Guys who were tough seemed tougher when they weren't too smart."

5. Discuss Mama's statement, "Tito, sometimes we women got to be harder on you young boys than we want to be.

You know that and I know that. Me and your grandmother, we try our...

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