The Bluest Eye AUTUMN: Chapter 2 (Hereisthehouse…) and Chapter 3 (Hereisthefamily…) Questions and Answers

Toni Morrison

AUTUMN: Chapter 2 (Hereisthehouse…) and Chapter 3 (Hereisthefamily…) Questions and Answers

Chapter 2 (Hereisthehouseitisgreenandwhiteithasareddooritisverypretty itisveryprettyprettyprettyp)
Chapter 3 (Hereisthefamilymotherfatherdickandjanetheyliveinthegreen andwhitehousetheyareveryh)

Study Questions
1. What is the history of the Breedloves’ home?

2. Why is the fact that “the furniture had aged without becoming familiar” significant?

3. What was “the only living thing” in the Breedloves’ house, and what does this phrase mean?

4. Why do the Breedloves live and stay in the house?

5. Why does Pecola hide beneath the sheets when Mrs. Breedlove wakes up?

6. What does Sammy say to Mrs. Breedlove as she fights Cholly?

7. How does Cholly fight Mrs. Breedlove?

8. How does Pecola make herself disappear?

9. Why is it so difficult for Mr. Yacobowski to notice Pecola, according to the narrator?

10. What is unusual about Miss Marie’s pet names for Pecola?

Answers
1. The building is now an abandoned store. There used to be a pizza parlor there, which replaced a real estate agency. Before the real estate agency, a family of gypsies lived there. But even before gypsies lived there, that store was occupied by the Breedloves.

2. A house is usually the scene of many significant events in the life of a family. The narrator mentions some typical instances...

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