The Color Purple Letters 52–60: Questions and Answers

Alice Walker

Letters 52–60: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why does Nettie correct herself when she says that Corrine and Samuel have been “like family to me”?

2. Why does Nettie still write to Celie after she realizes that Mr.____ won’t let her have these letters?

3. What does Nettie want to tell Corrine and Samuel about their children, who “were sent by God” to them?

4. When does Nettie come into contact with American prejudice?

5. How do the people of Harlem feel about Africa?

6. How do the so-called “Europeans” of the Missionary Society differ from the “Africans,” according to Nettie?

7. What is the name of the ship that takes Nettie across the Atlantic?

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