What was the “graduation vow” between Berdis and Ivoe?

As you read up to chapter 12 of Jam on the Vine, answer the following:

  1. What was the “graduation vow” between Berdis and Ivoe? Compare AT THIS POINT in the novel the ability of each to accomplish this vow.

  2. Miss Susan Stark said that what exactly “haunted” her father Alfred? Describe the circumstances of Miss Susan Stark’s “passing.”

  3. Ivoe wrote that her younger sister’s being attacked for her clarinet was “a case of” what? In which newspaper did Ivoe write this, and what was the danger of writing something like this?

  4. Read the attached jpegs of “Ida: A Sword Among Lions” by Paula Giddings, which is a biography about an influential African American woman journalist Ida B. Wells born about twenty seven years before Barnett’s protagonist Ivoe Williams. According to this excerpt, Ida B. Wells wrote that “only one thing left that we can do,” in response to the 1892 lynching of Thomas Moss, Henry Stewart and Calvin McDowell was what?

  5. According to “Ida: A Sword Among Lions,” how did Black citizens in the city of Memphis respond to this editorial? Compare this influence to Ivoe’s influence in the paper she is writing for in 1911.

  6. Describe the context of the following quote from a character: “And I’m tired of you acting like he left on account of what happened to me” by answering the following: who is speaking? Who is this character talking to, and exactly where is this dialogue taking place? Who “left”? What exactly “happened”? What happened immediately in the novel after this quote was spoken.

  7. Name and describe WHOSE PERSPECTIVE the following thought is from: “The acuity and mastery of the English language, rules of grammar, were better suited to men whose wives tended to domestic chores while they focused on the page, they said.” Then describe the role that “they” in this thought played in Ivoe’s life.

  8. Name and describe WHOSE PERSPECTIVE the following thought is from: “a woman who managed to do what her own mother never could–face the world, take what she needed from it, or die trying–well, she admired the type.” Then describe the role that this character played in Ivoe’s life. Compare the perspective of this character and that of the editors of the Kansas City Palladium.

  9. In a January 5, 1917 letter to Ona, Ivoe tells her about a “hard lesson.” What is this “hard lesson,” and what DO YOU THINK about this hard lesson? What did Ona enclose in her February 18, 1917 letter to Ivoe?

  10. According to Ivoe, what was “the only thing the city had on the country”? Compare this to what Granger told Barclay about “consumption-ism” in the play Unity Valley.

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