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In "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," why do two men want to film Granny's family?

They claim to be making a film for the county. It would seem that the authorities want to document the true scale of poverty in the locality, and are using poor families like Granddaddy Cain's to...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019 12:33 pm UTC

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What characters play a part in this story’s conflict? Which ones are just onlookers?

There are many characters in "Blues Ain’t No Mockin Bird,” but only some of them are central to the story’s conflict, while the rest are onlookers and observers. Granny and Granddaddy are most...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018 2:28 pm UTC

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How does Granny react to Granddaddy's behavior in "Blue's Ain't No Mockingbird"?

In the story, Granddaddy Cain returns from his hunting trip with a dying and squawking chicken hawk slung over his shoulder. Upon his return, he stops on the porch to show Granny that he's finally...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2016 6:03 pm UTC

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Why does granddaddy become involved in the story's conflict? Why is his way of handling the conflict successful when...

Granddaddy becomes involved in the story's conflict because Granny asks him to. Because she hasn't been successful in getting the men off their property, Granny decides to enlist Granddaddy Cain's...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018 8:34 pm UTC

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How do the children respond to the two men?

The children are intrigued and amused by the two men. However, they are also distrustful of the men's motives. In the story, the narrator and her sister, Cathy, watch as two visitors walk onto...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018 3:14 pm UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird," what might have happened if Grandaddy Cain were not to have come home as he did?

If Grandaddy Cain were to not have returned home, it is probable that the two men filming for the government would not have left the property for some time because they have ignored Granny's...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2016 11:16 pm UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird," how does their current home differ from the places where the Cain family has...

On the rural Southern farm where the Cain family lives in “Blues Ain’t No Mockingbird,” the family is independent and self-sufficient, able to find sanctuary from racial persecution. The same...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019 3:19 pm UTC

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Why are photographers filming in the area?   "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" by Toni Cade Bambara

The two men, Camera and Smilin, say they are filming for the food stamp program, but that is where the conflict arises. Granny sees herself as an individual with rights. She has the right to...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2018 2:44 pm UTC

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What messages does Granny give the men through her speech and actions in Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain' No Mockin...

In Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," the two men with the camera approach Granny expecting her to be very obliging. Instead, Granny uses facial expressions to let the...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016 9:00 am UTC

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What does the narrator think of her grandmother in Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"?

In Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," the narrator is both very impressed by and very puzzled by her grandmother. The reason why she is both impressed and puzzled by her grandmother...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2016 8:59 am UTC

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What does it mean when the narrator says the following in Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird":...

In Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," immediately after Granny declines giving the men permission to film her home, the four children in her yard look at her expectantly because...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2016 9:32 am UTC

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Who do smilin' man and cameraman work for in "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"?

The two white filmmakers claim to have been sent by the county to make a film about food stamps. They appear to be operating on the racist assumption that the Cain family, being African-American,...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2018 7:42 am UTC

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What is the flashback in "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"? Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"

Flashback is an interruption in the chronological order of a narrative to describe an event that happened earlier. A flashback gives readers information that may help explain the main events of...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2011 12:55 pm UTC

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What was nailed to the toolshed door in "The Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"?

When the filmmakers and cameraman come to Granny Cain's house to film her life as part of a county documentary on the Food Stamps Program, Granddaddy Cain is away from hunting chicken hawks. Granny...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 4:48 am UTC

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Why do Camera and Smilin call Granny "aunty"?

In "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," two men are on Granny's property "makin movie pictures." They are referred to by the narrator as Smilin and Camera based on what they are doing. When Granny comes...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2018 5:12 pm UTC

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How do the men react to Granny asking them to stop filming in Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"?

In Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," the two men react towards Granny's command to stop filming her house and family by treating her disrespectfully and behaving as if...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2016 8:56 am UTC

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What is the author's purpose for writing this story? "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" by Toni Bambara

Toni Bambara wrote "Blues Ain't No Mocking Bird" during the height of the the Black Power movement in which black pride and autonomous black identity were core components of the movement. In the...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2019 8:22 pm UTC

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What is the effect of Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"?

Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" does an effective job of portraying the fact that those who are better off have a tendency to mock and oppress those who are worse off....

Latest answer posted May 27, 2015 3:44 am UTC

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How is this a Dialect " Granny always got something to say. she teaches steady with no let-up"

Dialect can be defined as "the language of a particular district, class, or group of persons." Authors use dialect to give different characters unique personalities as reflected by the way in which...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2011 11:28 am UTC

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What do the men think of Granny Cain in Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird"?  

In Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird," it is evident the men trying to film Granny and her house see Granny as their subordinate and as a worthless human being.Though skin color is...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2016 7:02 am UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," what is the effect(s) from the main cause of conflict? Is it true that one can only...

Short of an early epiphany on the part of the filmmakers, the effect(s) of the main cause of conflict in "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" would almost inevitably be dramatic. The main cause of conflict...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 6:48 am UTC

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What inferences can be made about Toni Cade Bambara's story "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"?

One of the main inferences we can draw from Toni Cade Bambara's story "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" concerns the cameramen's real motive for wanting to film the Cains' home.Though at first glance...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016 7:35 am UTC

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What do you think Cathy is telling the boys when she says “If you there and ready”?

When Cathy says “Perhaps ... If you there and ready,” she is telling the boys that someday they may be needed to protect the dignity of the family, and they will need to be present and ready to do...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019 7:23 pm UTC

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In Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird," who are Smilin' man and Camera man?

Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird" is about a rural black family whose privacy and dignity is invaded by a pair of bumbling county workers. The county workers are...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2016 2:27 pm UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," would Granny talk to the reporters if they had approached her in a different way?

The larger issue concerned in "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" is that of recognition of and respect for human dignity and worth. The filmmakers demonstrate they have no recognition of the humanity or...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 8:15 am UTC

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How do the men react to Granny asking them to stop filming?

In Toni Cade Bambara’s “Blues Ain’t No Mockingbird,” Granny is a force to be reckoned with, but the men stay persistent in their attempt to film her family and home. As the cameraman approaches...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2015 8:36 pm UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird," what do the men fail to understand about the family

The two men who come to make a film for the Food Stamp Program failed to understand the pride of the family. When the men the young narrator refers to as Smilin and camera man move from the meadow...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2015 8:07 am UTC

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Do you think it was unfair of Grandaddy Cain to expose the film in "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird"? Why or why not?

Since such a question as this is subjective, the student should express his/her own feelings based upon the student's character analysis of Granddaddy and Granny, as well as on an interpretation of...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 8:48 pm UTC

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What does Cathy mean at the end of "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" when she says that she is going to write a story...

As we can gather from reading "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird," Cathy is an inveterate storyteller. For instance, after the cameramen turn up unannounced at her grandparents' house, she starts telling...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2020 12:10 pm UTC

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What is Granny's characterization, and her role in the story?

Granny is the backbone of the family as their caretaker, teacher, and guardian. She has no tolerance for anyone who would patronize or demean her and the family, and she is quick to protect and...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2007 2:38 am UTC

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In the story "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird", why did Radio and Camera go to the county office?

The men work for the county.  They are making a film about food stamps and invade the narrator's home and propety to do so.  The pair treat the family as if they were creatures in a...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2007 10:01 pm UTC

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What are granddaddy's characteristics?

Granddaddy Cain's physical size is tied in with his mental strength. He is a tall man with an imposing presence. He's able to unnerve people and make them feel uncomfortable because he says very...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2007 10:05 am UTC

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What are the two men doing in Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"? Who do they work for?

The two men in Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" work for the county government and are on a mission to save the county some money by trying to prove giving out food stamps is not...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016 9:41 am UTC

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What is the climax of the story?

In Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," there is a very tense confrontation that takes place between the adults, although the children play in the yard as they do not understand the...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2011 11:28 am UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," do you think Granny and Grandaddy have a right to be upset with the filmmakers and...

The scene the filmmakers and cameraman intrude into is one of peaceful family life. Four children play innocently out of doors; Granny sits ladling rum on fresh-baked Christmas cakes; Granddaddy is...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 5:12 am UTC

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What message does Granny give the men through her speech and actions in "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird"?  

Granny makes certain from the beginning that the men know that she is in charge of her own property. When one man casually, smiling, tries to explain to her what he'd like to capture on film, she...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019 7:08 pm UTC

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What is the character motivation for the narrator in "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"?

Character motivation is by definition the force that drives a character to act or react, which includes behavior actions, thoughts, or feelings. Action, resulting from motivation (reasons), can do...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 9:16 am UTC

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What did Granny say about Grandaddy Cain when he killed the birds?  

When Granddaddy Cain comes home from his hunting expedition, a near-dead chicken hawk slung over his shoulder, Granny doesn't actually say anything to him about it. She just stares ahead and...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018 8:33 am UTC

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What are two main conflicts in the story and are they solved?

One main conflict is between Granny and the white filmmakers, which represents the broader conflict of race. The filmmakers see Granny and her home and family as representative of rural, poor black...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2007 12:18 pm UTC

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What are 3 beliefs, attitudes and values of Granny? In other words, Granny's self-concept.

In Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," the significance of the title is illustrated by Granny's reactions to the two men who intrude upon her family: The blues are emotionally...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2010 11:52 am UTC

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What does the suicide story say about the way Granny thinks?

Essentially, she is saying that the cameramen should be minding their own business. They are intruding on Granny's business and her "situation" and she wants to be left alone. This parallels the...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2009 3:59 am UTC

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How does the setting affect what happens?

The action of this story takes place on the front yard of a house, a piece of private property. The resolution of the story is that the white filmmakers are ordered to leave the property - this...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2007 3:57 am UTC

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How is Granny affected by the intrusion of the men from the county in "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird"? 

The intrusion onto the Cains' property is very disturbing to Granny because she values privacy and respect of ownership. When Granny first spots the men, she tells her grandchildren, "Go tell that...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016 10:47 am UTC

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Who is narrating the story "Blues ain't no Mockingbird?"

The short story, "Blues Ain't No Mocking Bird" is one of my all-time favorite stories. The short story is written by Toni Cade Bambara in the 1970s. In the story, a family in the southern part of...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2015 1:22 am UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," what is the "low groanin music" that the narrator hears "comin from the porch"?

The narrator in "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" uses the word "music" metaphorically when speaking of the sound from the back porch. Granny has a hot temper. She cannot tolerate foolishness and...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 9:50 am UTC

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Why do the county men return after Cora has told them to leave in "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird"?

The men who are filming for the county return after Cora Cain asks them to leave because they have no respect for her. When she first spots the two men from the county, Granny, as Cora is referred...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016 6:18 pm UTC

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What does the author want the reader to think about when her grandparents reacted to the people filming for the county?

In Blues Aint No Mocking Bird, filmmakers who who are making a documentary on the food stamp program intrude upon the privacy of Granny and Grandaddy Cain. In the end, Granny tells Grandaddy to...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2009 10:32 am UTC

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