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Chapter 14: Questions and Answers

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1. How did Marguerite feel about the barrenness of Stamps?

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2. How high did Bailey report that the buildings were in the North?

3. How did Bailey say that one could win a “zillion” dollars?

4. What dessert did Bailey say that they made in the North?

5. What term did Mrs. Annie Henderson use for a “lie”?

6. How did Bailey describe the Northern watermelons?

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7. How did Marguerite feel among the people in Stamps?

8. What were the high spots in Stamps?

9. What was meant by a person being “tender-hearted”?

10. What did it mean when the customer said that Bailey had a silver tongue?

Answers
1. Marguerite felt that the barrenness of Stamps was just what she needed.

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2. Bailey said that the buildings were so high that in the winter the people did not see the tops for months.

3. Bailey said one could win a zillion dollars if one could count the seeds in a watermelon before it was cut.

4. Marguerite and Bailey made snow ice cream from snow, sugar, and Pet milk.

5. Mrs. Annie Henderson called a lie a “not true.”

6. Bailey said that the watermelons were twice as big as a cow’s head and sweet as syrup.

7. Marguerite said that she felt not so much forgiven as she felt understood.

8. The high spots in Stamps were negative: droughts, lynchings, deaths, floods, and similar occurrences.

9. A tender-hearted person was a sensitive person; people who were tender-hearted were looked upon as being a little sick or in delicate health.

10. Bailey was said to have a silver tongue because he could easily tell stories; the stories rolled off his tongue smoothly and people tended to believe him.

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