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									Toni Morrison’s Recitatif
English 1A



Group 1:
    How would you describe Morrison’s literary style? What makes this story engaging?
    What do you think Morrison’s purpose was for writing this story?



Group 2:
    What racial stereotypes do you find in this story?
    What do you think Morrison’s purpose was for writing this story?



Group 3:
    Twyla and Roberta – what is the race of each girl? Provide evidence.
    What do you think Morrison’s purpose was for writing this story?



Group 4:
    Why do you think Morrison makes the reader guess the race of each girl in the story?
    What do you think Morrison’s purpose was for writing this story?



Group 5:
    Roberta and Twyla are very close as young girls. What are the factors that make their
      relationship change so much as they grow up?
    What do you think Morrison’s purpose was for writing this story?



Group 6:
    The word recitatif refers to the “musical declamation of the kind used in the narrative and
      dialogue parts of opera and oratorio.” The root of the word is recite, which means to
      repeat from memory, narrate, or give an account. In light of this, why do you think
      Morrison might have entitled this story Recitatif?
    What do you think Morrison’s purpose was for writing this story?



Group 7:
    What does this story tell us about our assumptions/perceptions of people? How does this
      story help you question what you “think” you are being told when you read something?
    What do you think Morrison’s purpose was for writing this story?
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