Study Guide for March by Geraldine Brooks by guy25


									             Study Guide for March by Geraldine Brooks
                   AP Language and Composition
                             Ms. Mason

Directions: Answer each question in complete sentences using direct
quotations from the book (include page citations).

Background Information: Print out the following information and put it into a
1.     Go online and get a plot summary of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
2.     Go to Geraldine Brook’s home page. Read:
       a. “Readers Guide” for March.
       b. “Geraldine Brooks on NPR”
               i. “Summary of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff.”
              ii. “Details of the Battle”

Chapter One
1.    Who narrates the book?
2.    What dual literary techniques are employed in the first chapter?
3.    Where is the narrator?
4.    Is the narrator truthful as he writes to his family? Evidence.
5.    What is the narrator’s job?
6.    What are the massive birds?
7.    Describe what happens to the narrator and Silas Stone during the course of
      the battle.
8.    Why does the surgeon disregard the chaplain?
9.    As the chaplain returns to camp, he heads for the field hospital which has
      been established at “some old secesh house.” What’s that?
10.   As the chaplain approaches the field hospital, what does he realize?
11.   Reflect on Chapter 1: Explain the contrast between the reality of the battle
      and what the chaplain writes to his family.

Chapter Two
12.   What literary technique is employed in the beginning of Chapter Two?
13.   Describe Mr. March as he appears in Chapter Two: age, profession,
      appearance, personality, etc.
14.   Do the same for Grace.
15.   Who is the master of the house?
16.   Of all his possessions, what does the master prize most?
17.   What offer of hospitality is extended to Mr. March?
18.   What is Mrs. Clement’s condition?
19.   Write an explanation of Clement’s philosophy of slavery?
20.   Who are the other members of the household?
21.   What does Grace ask Mr. March to do, which is against the law?
22.   What risky, emotional act does Mr. March do? Why?

23.    Who is Harris and why does he yell at March ”fine sight to come home to:
       What are you? Abolitionist? Quaker?”
24.    What occasions March to write: “If an anvil had fallen from the sky at
       that moment and landed upon me, I could not have felt more crushed.”?
25.    Why does Geraldine Brooks pose March against Augustus Clement?

Chapter Three
26.   Who does March write would be a “model for our little women” and why?
27.   For what purpose does Brooks employ the flashback technique early in
      Chapter Three?
28.   Why are Dr. McKillop’s surgical skills fruitless?
29.   How does Grace’s depiction of Mr. Clement’s current condition mirror the
      devastation of the Confederacy?
30.   At the end of this chapter, between which two emotions is March torn?

Chapter Four
31.   For what purpose does Brooks begin Chapter Four with March’s 1862
      letter to his wife?
32.   How does the author make the transition from 1862 to the first encounter
      between March and Marmee?
33.   Although the term feminism did not exist in 1844, Marmee certainly
      exhibits an enlightened spirit. Cite examples of her independent nature.
34.   Why does March chastise a young Corporal?
35.   The colonel suggests it but March is forced into applying for a transfer to
      the superintendent of contraband. Why?

Chapter Five
36.   When March describes Miss Day as: “the woman who had haunted my
      imagination, noble yet unpretentious, serious yet lively” what two types of
      grammatical expressions are in the description?
37.   In what village does this chapter occur?
38.   In what way is history intermingled with literature in this chapter?
39.   Why does Marmee get angry with Mr. Emerson?
40.   Who were conductors on the Underground Railroad?
41.   How soon after their night together are March and Marmee married?
42.   Assess March’s personality at this point in the novel.

Chapter Six
43.   As March disembarks from the Hetty G., he meets his receptor – “a
      ragged, skinny Negro who could not have been more than twelve years
      old.” Once again, how does March exhibit his misunderstanding of the
      Southern culture?
44.   When March gets to Oak Landing, he’s greeted by Ethan Canning. What
      are Canning’s goals for this enterprise?
45.   Who is Zeke? Why was he put into the “hole”?
46.   How does March enrage Canning?

47.    How is the contrast between reality vs. ideology illustrated in Chapter Six?

Chapter Seven
48.   Describe the family life that Match and Marmee enjoyed in Concord.
49.   Why does Brooks end chapter Six with March writing letters to his
      wealthy abolitionist friends asking for donations to Oak Landing, while
      beginning Chapter Seven with a tranquil family scene in Concord?
50.   What evidence do we have of Marmee’s temper?
51.   Why does March invest in Mr. Brown’s Adirondack project?
52.   Did March make any profit from his investment?
53.   Was Aunt March justified in calling Marmee a “serpent-tongued

Chapter Eight
54.   As March writes to his wife, he observes that “there are other measures” to
      judge a man’s intelligence. What does he mean by this?
55.   Why does one young soldier tell March: “Chaplain, you sure is an
      innocent man.”?
56.   How does March teach his students?

Chapter Nine
57.   Was March successful in asking abolitionists to donate goods to the slaves
      at Oak Landing?
58.   Jesse, as the slaves’ spokesperson, tells Canning”we got something we
      wants to give you now.” What was it?

Chapter Ten
59.   Canning is alarmed at March’s fever – he had “contracted river ague – the
      commonest of the region’s summer afflictions.” What happens?
60.   Why is Canning panicked?
61.   March realizes he has “saddleback fever. What does this mean?

Chapter Eleven
62.   What happened to John Brown and how was he connected to March and
      the citizens in Concord?
63.   Who was Flora and how does she enter the March family?
64.   While March and Marmee attended a luncheon for Nathaniel Hawthorne,
      how did little Beth save Flora’s life?

Chapter Twelve
65.   March awakens to the sounds of “the snort of a horse’s breath” and
      “scrambled into his hiding hole.” What happened after that?
66.   Which one of the slaves had betrayed March and Canning?
67.   What was Jesse’s plan?

Chapter Thirteen
68.   How does March foul up Jesse’s plan?
69.   Zannah, the mute young mother of Jimse, cuts March’s bonds, but the
      fever comes upon him again. At the end of the terrible skirmish, who is
70.   March awakens aboard a hospital ship, the Red Rover with Sister Mary
      Adela tending to him. Who had saved him? What is the tragic irony of
      her message written upon her turquoise scarf?

Chapter Fourteen
71.   Who narrates this chapter?
72.   What has Marmee come to realize about the war?
73.   As she watches Grace tending to March in the hospital, what does Marmee

Chapter Fifteen
74.   Once again, how does Marmee’s temper work against her?

Chapter Sixteen
75.   The exchange between Marmee and Grace at the Hale household is indeed
      a study in contrasts. Explain how it works.
76.   What can’t Marmee forgive March?

Chapter Seventeen
77.   Of what does Grace tell Marmee that she must convince March?
78.   This chapter is entitled “Reconstruction.” How do Marmee and March’s
      conversation reflect the title?

Chapter Eighteen
79.   Why does Marmee return to Concord?
80.   What does Grace tell March about the true nature of Mr. Clement’s son’s
81.   Grace – the voice of conscience – sets March straight about the issue of
      slavery on pp. 266 – 269. Write her epistle in your own words.
82.   Explain the conclusion of the novel.


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