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Questions for journal writing, in-class discussion, or small group analysis for Chapters 7-14
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Their Eyes Were Watching God Chapters 7-14
journal writing, in-class discussion, or small group analysis
Chapter 71. How do the events of this chapter mark a turning point in Janie’s
character development? Draw on the vivid language describing Janie at the
beginning of the chapter and details from the main scene to show her
transformation. 2. How does Janie’s identification with the natural world fortify her in
this chapter? How does her ability to center on images of herself in nature
help her stand up to Joe? Draw on specific language from the chapter. 3. What types of images do you draw on for strength when you are feeling
under pressure by other people or circumstances?
Chapter 81. How is death portrayed in this chapter? What do you think the portrayal
shows you about how Janie experiences Joe’s death?2. Why is it important that Janie lets her hair down right after Joe dies
and before she tells the townsfolk gathered that he has died? What do you think
happens for Janie in that moment?
Chapter 9 1. The second paragraph of the chapter, beginning with the sentence,
“Janie starched and ironed her face and came set in the funeral behind her
veil” describes Janie’s emotional reaction to the funeral. What is the veil
representing in this description? What is ambiguous about the way it is used?2. In literature, an epiphany is what happens when a character has a
sometimes-sudden revelation of an underlying truth about a person or a
situation. When Janie reflects on what was important to Nanny and Joe, and
thinks about what is important to her, what epiphany occurs for her?3. Think about the times in your life when something about the world or
people you knew has become suddenly crystal clear for you. Write about the
situation, and how you responded to the epiphany you had.
Chapter 101. There are several ways in which Tea Cake and Joe Starks are contrasted
(shown as different) in this chapter. Which differences between them are most
striking to you?2. How is the moment when Tea Cake asks Janie, “You got a lil piece uh
fire over there, lady?” an allusion to their future together? How does his
language remind you of the sparks talked about in Chapter 9?
Chapter 111. How does Tea Cake’s response to Janie’s hair in this chapter illustrate
how different he is from the other men he has known?2. How does Tea Cake’s connection with nature in this chapter show how
compatible he is with Janie? How does what he gathers from nature portray
another type of “possession” that a man might provide for a woman?3. What is the importance of food in this chapter? What does the way in
which Tea Cake provides food have to do with the idea of nurturing?4. Fear, doubt, sincerity and sacrifice all arise as aspects of love in
this chapter. What is an illustration of each aspect and what is important
about each one? Which aspect is the most important to love between two people,
in your opinion?
Chapter 121. This chapter shows how Janie recognizes the difference between her
grandmother’s ideas of love and her own. What are the ways that Janie has
committed to her own vision of love? Show at least two examples.2. In the first paragraph of the chapter, the narrator lays out all the
ways that the town takes stock of Janie’s relationship with Tea Cake, listing
the kinds of things they do together. Why is the statement, “All those signs of
possession” a curious, ambiguous and/or ironic one to make in this context? Who
possesses whom? Who believes that the events of courtship listed are signs of
Chapter 131. How do Janie and Tea Cake both start out in this chapter by hiding
important parts of themselves (important feelings) from each other? 2. Why does the story of Annie Tyler take place in this chapter? What do
you think happens to people when they seek an unnatural transformation?
Chapter 141. Hurston vividly depicts the extreme destitution and poverty of the
blacks who come to work on the Muck in this chapter. Although these workers
have so little materially, they are able to celebrate life, connect with each
other, and prosper by relying on their internal resources. What does this
experience of black culture show Janie?2. Tea Cake is a leader in this community as Joe Starks was in his.
Discuss the differences in the ways that they lead. Which of the two of them
would you respond to if you found yourself in their communities? How do the
characters in the book respond to their different methods of leadership