Warriors Don't Cry Questions and Answers
Write two to three sentences explaining Melba Beals's purpose for writing Warriors Don't Cry. Consider using details about the central ideas, mood, or historical context to support your conclusion.
Why does Melba use diary and newspaper clippings in Warriors Don't Cry? How are these primary sources helpful to her as an author?
According to Warriors Don't Cry, what role does the media seem to play in the crisis over integrating Central High? How important is that role?
In what sense are Melba and the other eight students "warriors"? What qualities do warriors have? How do these qualities help the Little Rock Nine throughout the school year?
Warriors Don't Cry discusses African Americans who did not support what Melba Beals was doing to integrate Central High. Based on Beals's experiences and what you have learned from the book, why was this? What were their fears?
In Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals, what were some problems the characters faced? What were the solutions to the problems?
In Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals, how do things change at Central High once the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division are stationed there?
Link is a student who dared to be Melba’s friend and actually become one her protectors. What event from Link’s background made him more open to African American students being at Central High School? What are his feelings toward his opinion?
In Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals, why does Melba's mother insist that she and Melba keep their encounter with the mob outside Central High School a secret even though it means telling a white lie?
On page 194, Grandma Inda told Melba, "dignity is a state of mind, just like freedome." What did she mean by this? Why do you agree or disagree?
What are two examples from Warriors Don't Cry when Melba directly or indirectly faces racism? Use textual evidence to support your answer.
In Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals, what happens when Melba's family goes to Mr. Waylan's store to shop?
Based on Warriors Don't Cry, by Melba Beals, how did the experiences of the 1957 school year impact the individual African American students involved? How did Beals change as a result of her experiences?
Describe the confrontation Melba had with her mother and Melba's defiance in Warriors Don't Cry. Was she justified?
What happened on the first day the Nine were supposed to go to Central? What happened to Melba and her mom?
In Warrior Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals, what does Melba know about segregation by the time she is eight?
Melba Pattillo Beals wrote that some people called her a hero for participating in the integration of Central High School. Do you agree that Melba is a hero? Why or why not?
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