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The people in this novel live in a rural area with electric lights and telephones, but they possess not much more in the way of modern conveniences. Write an essay explaining how the story would have been different if they had the technology available today.

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Explain the leech that attaches to Wesley’s leg when he is swimming in Mason’s Lake. What kind of leeches are found in North Carolina? What are their habits? What other species are found around the country?

At the Christmas pageant, Rosacoke smells paregoric on the baby’s breath. Research various potions and elixirs that people have given babies throughout history, including at least one currently popular method for quieting them.

Research some of the songs of mourning that you think may have been sung at Mildred Sutton’s funeral and play them for your class.

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