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The Color Purple Teaching Unit
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- Celie inherits a beautiful yellow house when Pa dies. Why does she paint her bedroom purple?
- How does Pa die? In what sense is his death ironic?
- Which symbol in the novel illustrates the idea that women must work together to overcome the hardships in their lives?
- Some critics believe that the male characters in the book are unfair representations of men at the time. Others point out the Albert does grow and change by the end of the story. Which position do you think the incidents in the story support?
- List three ways the lives of African-Americans parallel the lives of the Olinka people. Why do you think this is?
- Why does Celie first address her letters to God and then address her letters to Nettie? Why is the last letter addressed “Dear God. Dear stars, dear trees, dear sky, dear peoples. Dear Everything. Dear God”? (Pg. 292)
- How does Celie learn that Pa is not her biological father? What impact does this information have on her life?
- List three things Nettie likes about living with the Olinka people. In what way are she and Samuel disappointed in them?
- Why is Nettie worried about returning to America with Olivia, Adam, and Tashi?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.