A Lesson Before Dying by Gaines: Characters & Summary


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Why does Jefferson act like a pig when Grant first comes to see him?

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1. Why does Grant initially refuse to help Jefferson?

2. What does Jefferson use to express his thoughts as the execution date approaches?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A Lesson Before Dying is a book that provides social commentary on the racist Jim Crow South. Assess your knowledge of this novel with this quiz/worksheet combination. You will need to be aware of the characters, their actions, and the plot of the novel to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Jefferson's behavior prior to meeting Grant
  • Grant's initial reluctance to help Jefferson
  • Jefferson's mode of self expression
  • Effect of the setting on the characters
  • Jefferson's realization at the end of the book

Skills Practiced

The following skills will be practiced:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Jefferson's character development throughout the book
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the setting of the novel and interpret it accurately
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related American literature lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled A Lesson Before Dying by Gaines: Characters & Summary. Objectives covered include:

  • Understand the setting of A Lesson Before Dying
  • Know the major characters from A Lesson Before Dying
  • Review the plot overview of A Lesson Before Dying