In the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the incident that lets us know quite clearly about T. J. is what?I need this answer by tomorrow or I will get an "F." Please, someone, come quick and...

In the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the incident that lets us know quite clearly about T. J. is what?

I need this answer by tomorrow or I will get an "F." Please, someone, come quick and answer this.

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In addition to the two incidents of cheating in school, several other scenes give us a good idea about the character of T. J. Avery in Mildred Taylor's novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. T. J. is an attention seeker of huge proportions, and his cocky, know-it-all attitude is bound to get him in big trouble eventually. T. J. is given Stacey's treasured coat (a present from his Uncle Hammer) after he repeatedly insults his friend about its bulky fit; after T. J. gets the coat, however, he brags constantly about it. This was his plan all along--to take advantage of his "friend."

Later, he rats out his teacher, Mrs. Logan, after she catches him cheating a second time. She loses her job when T. J. informs people at the Wallace store about the altered textbooks and her teaching outside the material in the books. But his most telling incident of bad character comes when he agrees to join the Simms boys in their break-in of the Barnett's store in Strawberry. Although T. J. does not result to violence himself, both of the Barnetts are beaten and Mr. Barnett eventually dies. T. J. is nearly lynched by a gang of angry "night riders" before being saved by the quick thinking of David Logan.

lda1019 | Student

There are a couple of incidents that lets you know exactly how TJ is. 

1.  TJ was going to cheat on the History test that Ma was giving in class.  Stacey sees the cheat cheat and takes it from him.  While taking the test Ma notices the cheat-cheat and accuses Stacey of cheating.  When he tells Ma that it is not his but will not tell who it belongs to TJ refuses to admit that it is his and causes Stacey to get whoped.