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Pages 218–238: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. How had schoolteacher changed life at Sweet Home?

2. What had been their plan for escape from slavery?

3. Why hadn’t Thirty-Mile Woman been caught?

4. Why had Sixo been burned and then shot to death?

5. How had Paul D been tortured when he was captured?

6. What does the white stranger tell the two men sitting on the church steps?

7. Why does Stamp Paid apologize to Paul D?

8. Why had Stamp Paid changed his name from Joshua?

9. Why had Stamp Paid gone to see the young master’s wife?

10. What does the red ribbon signify for Stamp Paid?

Answers
1. Schoolteacher had changed life at Sweet Home by taking the guns away from the slaves, not allowing them to offer their thoughts, instituting torture (such as the bit, the iron necklace, and whipping), and killing errant slaves. He revoked whatever small amount of respect Mr. Garner may have given the slaves.

2. The plan for escape from slavery had been that a woman Thirty-Mile Woman knew would wait for the others in the corn when it was high for a day-and-a-half. She would rattle to signal that the time was right and then take them to the waiting caravan where the others would already be hiding, waiting themselves for this woman who knew the way to freedom.

3. Thirty-Mile Woman had not been caught because Sixo heard schoolteacher, his pupils, and the other four white men and pushed her on her way to safety. She ran into the creek bed while Paul D and Sixo ran the other way. The white men followed them instead of her.

4. Sixo had been burned and shot to death because, even with bound hands, he grabbed one of the rifles and cracked the ribs of one of the white men....

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