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

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

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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 of family life, such as a child losing a penny in the sofa, a drunk person playing a piano at a party, or a little girl decorating a Christmas tree. While most of us can look at an item in our home and remember something pleasant, no such memories exist in the Breedlove home. Since the Breedloves have no happy memories, it can be inferred that they have spent little time together as a family, loving and supporting each other.

3. “The only living thing” in the house is the coal stove, which means that it is the only thing in the house that changes its behavior and lives independently of others.

4. The Breedloves “lived there because they were poor and black, and they stayed there because they believed they were ugly.”

5. Pecola understands that Mrs. Breedlove is getting up in order to start a fight with...

(The entire section is 510 words.)