Go Tell It on the Mountain Questions and Answers
by James Baldwin

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In Go Tell It on the Mountain, what does John learn at the end of the novel in terms of his search for identity?  

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The ending of Go Tell It on the Mountain occurs on the same day the story opens--John's fourteenth birthday. This is a day on which his mother gives him the gift of independent action (if only for a day) and it concludes at a church service. The church service is a special one, a particular one. It is, in part, a "rite of passage" from boyhood to adulthood for John, and it is, in part, a confessional experience with renewal as it's goal for John's family members.

In the service two major things happen. The first is that John has an epiphany--an inner...

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