Journal Study Questions for Edwidge Danticat’s Breath


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  Journal Study Questions for Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory  : Part 1: Chapter 1, pages 3 to 17: 1. Breath, Eyes, Memory is a novel. Is a novel fact or ction? 2. When the novel opens, how old is Sophie Caco? 3. Who is Atie and where is Sophie’s mother?  4. What does Sophie create for Atie? 5. Why does Atie not want Sophie to teach her to read? 6. What kind of a town is Croix-des- Rosets? Is it a real town? 7. Who’s Monsieur Augustin?   8. What’s in the package that Atie receiv es? Chapter 2, pages 18 to 21 9. Why are they in Croix-des-Rosets? 10. How do they pay for the house, which is as ne as Augustin’s? 11. What is the history of daffodils in Haiti? Chapter 3, pages 22 to 25 12. Why do Atie and Sophie travel to La Novelle Dame Marie? What kind of town is it? Is it a real town? 13. Who is If  e ́ ? Where does she live? 14. Why does If  e ́  stress that “ Your mother is your rst friend ” to Sophie? 15. Who believes that chagrin can be a disease like a broken arm? Do you believe this? 16. Where is the Guinea that If  e ́  talks about? What does it mean that there people carry “ the sky on their heads?” Chapter 4, pages 26 to 31 17. Why is Atie working so hard? 18. What is the signi cance of the note stuck to the kettle? Can Atie read it? 19. Why does Atie say, “Crabs don’t make papayas,” when talking about Martine, Sophie’s mother? 20. Atie wins ten gourdes in the lottery. How much is this? 21. Does Sophie have really close friends? Why? Chapter 5, pages 32 to 38 22. Why do they travel to Port-au- Prince? What kind of town is it? Is it a real town? 23. What’s happening in Port-au-Prince when they arrive? Why? 24. What does the word Caco, Sophie’s last name, mean in Creole?  25. How does Sophie get to the U.S.? 26. Why is the boy who initially sits next to her so upset and angry? Chapter 6, pages 39 to 49  27. How does Martine’s appearance compare to Atie’s?   28. What is Martine’s economic status? How doe you know?   29. Who’s Lotus and what does she have to do with Atie?  30. Why does Martine keep a doll? 31. When Sophie looks at herself in a picture, what does she notice for the rst time? 32. How did Atie explain that Sophie had no father? Dave Badtke English 1: Edwidge Danticat  Breath, Eyes, Memory Journal Questions Page Chapter 7, pages 50 to 56 33. Where is Flatbush Avenue? Is it a real street? 34. Why does Martine tell Sophie that she needs to learn English quickly? 35. What does Martine buy from Jacqueline at the Haitian beauty salon? 36. Who is Marc Chevalier? What does the designation Esquire mean? 37. They go to eat at a Haitian restaurant in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Is this a real place? How far is it from Brooklyn? 38. What happens when they’re in the restaurant? 39. Does Marc like the food? Chapter 8, pages 57 to 61 40. How many jobs does Martine work? What kinds of jobs are they? What does Sophie do while her mother is working? 41.   How did Martine meet Marc? 42.   What does Martine ask Sophie about her relationships to boys and what does she tell her about the test If  e ́  used to perform? 43.   How did Martine become pregnant with Sophie? 44.   How does the nal sentence at the end of Part 1 on page 61 affect your reaction to the novel? Part 2: Chapter 9, pages 65 to 76 45. How much time has passed since the previous chapter and what is Sophie about to do? 46. What was her high school experience like? 47. Who is Joseph, what does he do, and how old is he? 48. How is the Haitian view of young adult responsibility different from the American view that Joseph espouses? 49. What does Joseph want his relationship with Sophie to become? Chapter 10, pages 77 to 81  50. Why can Martine not bear to stay in Haiti long? 51. What advice does Martine give Sophie when Sophie asks her about liking someone? 52. Does Sophie tell Martine about Joseph? What does she tell her? 53. What does Martine think is the difference between the values of old and new Haitians regarding money and status? 54. What does Martine say is difference between success in Haiti and America? 55. Why does Martine have nightmares? Chapter 11, pages 82 to 85 56. What happens between Sophie and Joseph? 57. When Sophie returns home, what does her mother tell her and do? 58. What is the meaning of the Marassa parable? Chapter 12, pages 86 to 89 59. How does Sophie treat Joseph? 60. What is the meaning of the butter y parable? 61. How does Sophie bring an end to her mother’s testing? 62. What does her mother do?  63. What does Sophie then do with Joseph? Part 3: Dave Badtke English 1: Edwidge Danticat  Breath, Eyes, Memory Journal Questions Page Chapter 13, pages 93 to 101 64. Where is Sophie, where is she going, and why does she get to sit with the driver? 65. Why might returning Haitians claim they can’t speak Creole?  66. Why does Louise want to sell her pig? For how much? 67. What is Louise to Atie? 68. What does Sophie do in the U.S.? 69. What is Sophie’s full name? How old is she?   70. Why is it signi cant when Atie says that Brigitte looks more like Martine’s face than Sophie’s? Chatper 14, pages 102 to 105 71. What has Atie learned to do in Sophie ’ s absence? 72. Has Martine, Sophie ’ s mother, met Brigitte? 73. What does If  e ́  mean when she says “ that we can visit with all our kin, simply by looking into this face?” Chapter 15, pages 106 to 111 74. Why does If  e ́  always wear black? 75. How does If  e ́  feel about Atie ’ s reading lessons?  76. What poem does Atie recite to Sophie? Why? 77. Why does Sophie wonder if Brigitte will inherit some of her problems? Chapter 16, pages 112 to 113 78. What is the signi cance of Erzulie? 79. What can you discern about customs and the use of remedies? 80. What do you learn about Martine’s disease? Chapter 17, pages 114 to 120 81. What is the mach e ́ ? 82. What does Louise do? 83. What happens to Dessalines, the coal vendor? 84. What is If  e ́  hinting at when she talks to Sophie of Atie? 85. What is the signi cance of the story about the three children? Chapter 18, pages 120 to 126 86. What does Atie have on her calf? What kind of healthcare is there in Dame Marie? 87. What does “Crabs don’t make papayas” m ean? 88. What’s the signi cance of Krik? Krak?  89. What is the meaning of the lark story? 90. Why does If  e ́  tell scary stories? Chapter 19, pages 127 to 130 91. What are Atie and Louise registering? 92. Why does If  e ́  object? 93. What does this suggest regarding property ownership? 94. What happened to Sophie after she decided to use the pestle to end the tests? 95. What happens to Eliab’s kite? Chapter 20, pages 131 to 133 Dave Badtke English 1: Edwidge Danticat  Breath, Eyes, Memory Journal Questions Page 96. What does Louise give them? 97. Who does Atie register? 98. What do Atie and If  e ́  learn from Martine ’ s cassette about Sophie and Joseph? 99. What does Atie encourage Sophie to do? Chapter 21, pages 134 to 143 100. What does Atie write in her journal? 101. How does Atie seem? Why? 102. How does If  e ́  feel about Louise? 103. What happens to Dessalines? 104. According to legend, who were the Tonton Macoutes? 105. What are some of the Macoutes tactics?
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