Dust Tracks on a Road

by Zora Neale Hurston
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In Dust Tracks on a Road, what do you think is the most lasting effect of Zora's encounter with the visitors? Do you think her life might have taken a different direction if this meeting had not taken place? Explain.

In Dust Tracks on a Road, Zora discovers the power of books, and this leads to her becoming an anthropologist.

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In the autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road, author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston describes growing up as a black American in the early twentieth century. One encounter she describes is when two women from Minnesota come to the school of the young Zora. The women are so impressed...

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In the autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road, author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston describes growing up as a black American in the early twentieth century. One encounter she describes is when two women from Minnesota come to the school of the young Zora. The women are so impressed by hearing Zora read that they then take her to a fancy hotel lunch and give her many gifts. The most important gifts Zora is given are books, including The Swiss Family Robinson. The experience and the books cause Zora to love reading and to discover a world that is much larger than the town she grows up in. If the two women had not come, or had not liked Zora's reading so much, then she might never have associated books and reading with so many positive things and may not have expanded her horizons. Zora goes on to leave the town she grew up in and write many books, and without the encounter with the visitors from Minnesota, she might not have done so.

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