What is something that someone would need to know on a test on chapter 11?

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sagetrieb eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If I were your teacher, I might ask you to compare and contrast Mercy and Kt in Chapter 11.  Both teach “with love and skill,” but teaching reveals different aspects of each.  Teaching reveals Mercy to be accepting with her lot in life; she demonstrates her “unfailing patience” with her disabilities and her children. Even in teaching, however, Kit ends up breaking the rules by reaching out to Prudence, an outsider like herself, and bringing the child to another outsider, her friend Hannah. This is reckless behavior, for Kit should be more protective of the child than to put her in harm’s way like this—not that Hannah would harm her, for of course that is not the case, but the child could be harmed by her mother, whom Kit knows full well would disapprove of this action. Thus, as a teacher, Mercy encourages her pupils to be good members of their community, while Kit as a teacher leads one of her pupils to break the rules. Yet the point is that Kit, though impulsive, shows us that sometimes we need to break the rules to make necessary changes.  The political background to the story concerning Connecticut maintaining its integrity as a colony demonstrates this on a larger level. This chapter is important, too, because Kit now understands Mercy's love for John, which enables her to understand the possibilities of love for herself.

renelane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Kit and Mercy teach. Prudence is fascinated by Kit, who wants her to come to school, but Prudence tells how her mother thinks she is too stupid. Kit gives her an old handbook to practice/learn, and introduces her to Hannah, who she loves.

Kit realizes tha Mercy loves John.

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