Their Eyes Were Watching God Study Guide

According to the book, what has the woman coming back from doing? Burying someone they loved who suddenly died
Why did all the people see her come? All the gossip around the town
What do they remember about the woman? Being jealous that she left with a new man
What do the men notice about Janie as she walks down the street, an what do the women notice about her? Men noticed her buttocks and breasts, women noticed her faded clothes
What does Pheoby bring for Janie? Mulatto rice, rice with onions, and bacon and tomatoes
What is Janie doing as Pheoby walks in? Sitting on the back porch and soaking her feet
According to Sam Watson, why do the residents of Eatonville want to rise on Judgement Day? Everyone’s secrets will be exposed
Why does Sam want to rise as well? To know who stole his corn cob pipe
Does Janie intend to tell the residents of Eatonville what happened while she was gone? No she doesn’t
What does Janie mean when she says “unless you see de fur, a mink skin ain’t no different from a coon hide?” You have to look really close if you want to see if something is real
Why is it hard for Janie to start her story? It is too long and complicated
Why was Janie called Alphabet? Everybody gives her different nicknames
Why had Janie been spending so much time underneath the pear tree? Her love for the beauty of nature
Who is the “glorious being” that Janie sees coming up the road? Johnny Taylor
Why is Nanny scared for Janie? She doesn’t want Janie to get hurt
Why does Nanny want Janie to marry Logan Killicks? To protect her
What happened to Nanny’s lover? He went to fight in the civil war, also her slave owner
Why did Nanny run away from the plantation in Savannah? The bosses wife sent her death threats once she realized she the father of Nanny’s child was her husband
Who was Janie’s father? A schoolteacher who raped her mother
Why does Nanny call herself a “cracked plate”? She is fragile and old
What does Janie ask herself as the marriage approaches? If marriage ended the loneliness of those who haven’t found anybody
Who arranges Janie’s wedding ceremony? Nanny and Mrs. Washburn
When Janie asks Nanny for “information” why does Nanny laugh? She thought Jannie was gonna say she was pregnant
What does Janie want Nanny to do? Teach her how to love
What does Nanny mean when she says “bein’ a fool don’t kill nobody. It just makes you sweat”? People worry about things that aren’t in your control
What doesn’t Janie like about Logan’s appearance? His head shape, big stomach, and long toenails
What does Nanny do after Janie leaves her? Pray for a long time
What is “a bloom time, a green time, and an orange time”? The seasons passing
What does she tell the seeds and why? She hopes they have an easy life rather than a hard one
What “failed” Janie, and what does she do about this? The people she loved failed her
How does Logan treat Janie differently in the months that follow Nanny’s death? Makes her do difficult chores
What does Janie do when Logan threatens not to chop any wood for her? Threatens to stop preparing food for him
Why does Logan want an extra mule? To run two plows
Describe Joe as Janie first sees him. She is stunned by his appearance, the clothes he is wearing
As Joe walked down the road, “he acted like Mr. Washburn or somebody like that to Janie.” What does this imply? He has a confident attitude
Why does Joe want Janie to shake her head? He loves the way her hair shakes back and forth
What does Janie mean when she says to Logan, “you don’t take nothin’ to count but sow- belly and cornbread”? He is greedy, materialistic and is only concerned with profit
Why does Logan ask Janie to come to the barn while she is in the middle of cooking breakfast? To help him move a pile of manure
What does Logan look like with a shovel in his hand? A black bear doing a clumsy dance on his hind legs
According to Janie, why is Logan mad at her words? He knows she doesn’t consider him or his land important
What does Joe buy for Janie as they are traveling to Eatonville? Apples and a lantern with candles
Describe the town as it is when Joe and Janie first arrive. A place in the woods with a few small buildings; a pile of junk
When Joe leaves town for the first time, who stays behind, and why? Amos Hicks because he’s attracted to Janie
How does Lee Coker respond to Amos Hicks and his criticism of Janie? Says Janie is already with Joe and Joe has more power than Amos Hicks
How does Hicks respond to Joe’s announcement that he is going to get a post office for Eatonville? White people don’t have colored people run their post offices so it doesn’t make sense
Why is Tony Taylor upset at Lige Moss during the party celebrating the store’s grand opening? He interrupted him in the middle of his speech
How does Joe decide to celebrate the arrival of the street lamp? A lighting ceremony with the whole town
Describe the Starks’ new house. Two stories painted white with porches and banisters
What did the phase “Our beloved Mayor” mean to the residents of Eatonville? No one believes it but they say it anyways
Describe the incident between Henry Pitts and Joe Stark. Henry Pitts was caught by Joe trying to steal sugar canes and banished him
Sam tells Matt that his mule is in trouble by the lake. What has supposedly happened with the mule? Women washing clothes by the lake were using mule ribs as their washboard
What does Joe do before he buys the mule? Changes his shoes
How much does Matt get for the mule? Five dollars
What is Sam and Lige’s argument about? “What keeps a man from getting burnt on a hot stove: caution or nature?”
What position does each man hold in this argument, and what proof do they offer? Sam says caution because smoke will caution you. Life says nature because naturally you don’t mess with a hot stove.
Why are Jim and Dave arguing in the store? Who loves Daisy more
How does Joe ruin the argument for Janie? He calls Janie in the store
According to Joe, what is the difference between him and Janie? He sees more things in one and she doesn’t even see one thing in a lot of things
Why does Joe pretend to read the paper when Mrs. Robbins walks in? He could make a joke with it
What does God supposedly tell Janie? He was surprised on how smart women actually are and if men found out they wouldn’t know half of who they are
What did Janie get from Joe? Things that were for money to buy
Explain the following sentence. “She sat and watched the shadow of herself going about tending store and prostrating itself before Jody, while all the time she herself sat under a shady tree with the wind blowing through her hair and her clothes.” She daydreams about working in the store and living her daily routine life
Why does Joe tell Janie to stop playing croquet? She will be too sore to wake up
How does Joe look older? Falls instead of sitting in his chair, eyes are losing the spark it once had, and his stomach is sagging
What mistake does Janie make in the store? Cuts the piece of tobacco too big
Why do people stop laughing at Joe’s insult of Janie’s body? They realized how rude it was once they knew how impactful it was
According to Janie, what has Joe “mixed up”? What Janie did with what she looks like
How does Janie describe herself to Joe? She looks her age and not like an old woman
Who starts to tease Joe after Janie’s retort? Walter and Lige
What does “playin’ de dozens” mean? When people verbally fight (insult) each other
Where does Joe sleep after the fight from the preceding chapter? In a room downstairs
Explain the following sentence. “Well, if she must eat out of a long – handled spoon, she must.” Janie can’t do anything about her situation, she has to deal with it
Since Joe is refusing to see Janie, who is cooking and cleaning for him? Old Lady Davis
What does Pheoby advise Janie to do about the rumor that she is poisoning her husband? Don’t say anything about the rumor and act like she doesn’t know anything about it
What does Pheoby know about the medicine man who started the rumor about Janie? He is a fake scammer
What medical problem does Joe have? Kidney failure
Describe the character of Death. A strange person with big square toes who stands on a big foundation in the West where it overlooks everybody and waits for the messengers to come so it could do its job
Joe claims that Janie never had sympathy for him. Does Janie agree? She has sympathy for him but never had a chance o show it
What does Janie want Joe to do before he dies? Listen to her
What has been waiting for Janie in the looking glass? Her “girl self”; she is still beautiful and be the woman she wants to be
What song does the Elks band play during Joe’s funeral? “Safe in the Arms of Jesus”
Why is Janie content to keep things as they are for now? She has the rest of her life to be free
What does Janie do during the evenings? Lies and wanders in her thoughts and thanks about the meaning of life
Why does Janie consider returning to where she came from? To try and find her mom
How long has Joe been dead when Ike Green proposes to help Janie? Not even for a month
How does Janie get rid of Ike Green? Makes up excuse to help Hezekiah
How long does Janie wear black? 6 months of “mourning”
How does Hezekiah become more like Joe? Smoke and bit cigars, sat in Joes old chair
How do the townspeople treat Janie after she starts to wear white? They think she isn’t sad about his death and it isn’t fitting for her
Who is pressuring Pheoby to introduce him to Janie? A Stanford undertaker
At what time does Tea Cake come into the store? 5:30 PM
What does Tea Cake buy at the store? A pack of Camels cigarettes
Does Janie like checkers? Yes but she doesn’t know the rules
Why does Janie complain about their game? Tea Cake jumps her king piece and she thought it wasn’t fair
How does Tea Cake intend to get home? He will find a way home even if he hops a trail illegally
Why didn’t Tea Cake tell Janie his name until she asks for it? He didn’t think it would be needed
How does Janie joke about his nickname? Asks if he is sweet as his name
What is “knuckle puddin'”? A fist fight
What name does Janie call Tea Cake, and how does he like this name? Mr. Tea; it’s too formal for him
What does Janie do after Tea Cake walks away? Sits on the porch and waits for the moon to rise
Why does Tea Cake tell Janie to have another Coca-Cola? It wasn’t done right the first time
Where do Janie and Tea Cake go fishing? Lake Sabelia
How is Tea Cake prepared to play with Janie’s hair? Brings a comb
What kind of fish does Tea Cake catch for Janie? Trout
What does Janie wish about herself? She could be the around or the same age as Tea Cake
How much does Tea Cake want to bet Janie that he loves her? $1
Why does Tea Cake wake Janie up in a couple of days after their fight? He’s been having thoughts on marrying her
What is Tea Cake doing in Janie’s hammock? Pretending to sleep
Why does Tea Cake bring a car to Janie’s store? He wants to take her to the picnic the church is having
How long has Tea Cake been saving money to take Janie to the picnic? 2 weeks
How long has Joe been dead for in this chapter? 9 months
What color does Janie usually wear? Blue
What does the Pastor say about Tea Cake? He could use the extra money for gas
Where does Pheoby stop before she goes to Janie’s house? Stops to talk to everyone she sees
Why doesn’t Janie wear mourning clothes anymore? She isn’t in mourning
Why is Pheoby scared that Janie is becoming like a possum? Possums lose sense as they grow older, doesn’t want the same to happen to Janie
Why does Janie decide to sell the store? She only had it because Joe forced her to work it
What does Janie mean when she says, “ah don’t lived Grandma’s way, now ah means to live mine”? She is done listening to Nanny’s advice to marry for protection, she wants to marry because of love
How is Pheoby like a chicken? She won’t tell Janie’s secret
What costume is Janie preparing for her marriage to Tea Cake? Blue satin dress
Does anybody from Eatonville see Janie leave? Very few people
What does Janie send Pheoby after a week in Jacksonville? Postcards
Why does Mrs. Samuels ask Janie to drink coffee with her? Both of their husbands are at work and both can use the company
How did Annie Tyler get her money? Her late husband’s insurance
How much money does Janie still have in Eatonville? $1200
How does Janie know Tea Cake is coming back? He is lonely and needed somebody
What does Tea Cake do with the ugly women who want to get into the party? Pays them $2 so they don’t come in
What happens with two men who want to fight each other at Tea Cake’s party? They end up kissing each other though they’d rather go to jail
What does God know about Tea Cake? He could never hurt a fly
What is the name of the man who cuts Tea Cake with a razor? Double-Ugly
When dose the bean season open? End of September
Why is Tea Cake waiting for his new boss? The boss has a certain time to open so they could take everything else
Why doesn’t Tea Cake gamble while they are waiting for the beans to grow? He doesn’t have to and he knows others don’t have the money for it
How does Tea Cake make Janie practice shooting? Having her shoot tin cans he set up
What is Tea Cake’s favorite dish? Baked beans with sugar and bacon
Why does Janie make dessert every night? She knows Tea Cake likes it
What happens when the houses fill up? People would sleep around the property
Why do people come to Tea Cake and Janie’s house every night? To hear Tea Cake play on his guitar
How often does Tea Cake win at gambling? Sometimes because there are better gamblers around the area
Who won the card game? Ed
Describe Nunkie. A younger chubby girl who worked around Tea Cake
How would Nunkie play with Tea Cake? Play fight with him so he could mess around with her
How does Janie react to Nunkie’s games? Janie tells him to stop messing around with her
How does Janie find out where Tea Cake is? Sop-de-Bottom helps her
Why does Janie go home instead of to work? Nunkie was happy and she didn’t want to see happy people
What does Tea Cake do to keep Janie from running away? Holds her by her wrists and pulled her towards him
How does Tea Cake “bruise” Janie’s ears? Tells her he doesn’t do anything with Nunkie
Does Janie believes that Tea Cake was never interested in Nunkie? She has a little feeling he does but she knows he didn’t;t have any interest
Why does Janie want to hear Tea Cake’s denial once again? She wanted to feel superior to Nunkie and reassure he doesn’t have interest
How does Tea Cake describe Nunkie to Janie? Nunkie is a chunky woman that can’t do anything except for breaking wood
Where do Tea Cake and Janie go now that the season is over and most of the people are leaving? They don’t go anywhere
Describe Mrs. Turner. Rounded shoulders, wide hips, pointed nose
How does Tea Cake joke about Mrs. Turner’s appearance? Saying she was shaped by a cow’s kick
Mrs. Turner guesses to Janie that Tea Cake is very rich. Why? Janie is too pretty for someone like him
What does Mrs. Turner believe should be done about the “black race”? Should be lighter skinned
According to Janie, why do white people want to stay away from the black? Society makes them seem like the lower class and they don’t want to be associated around those people
Why is Mrs. Turner so proud of her brother? He is smart and attends Sunday school
What does Tea Cake intend to do about Mrs. Turner’s insults? He won’t eat at their place and have everybody not to eat there; he will tell her husband to make sure she stays at home
Why does Tea Cake accuse Mrs. Turner of “making God look foolish”? She sees bad in everything
How does Mrs. Turner feel when she is with Janie? She has become more white
How many times does Tea Cake slap Janie? 2 or 3 times
Why doesn’t Sop-de-Bottom hit his wife anymore? She began to scream and hit him back
Why don’t the police arrest drunks on the weekend? Almost everybody is drunk and it would take too much jail space
Why is the whole gang at Mrs. Turner’s cafe? They wanted to take a break from home cooking
What do Sterrett and Coodemay order at the cafe? Coffee, beef stew, and fish
What does Coodemay ask the waitress to do? Hold his food for him
How does the fight start? Coodemay didn’t want Sop-de-Bottom to sit in his seat
Why does Mrs. Turner try to refuse Tea Cake’s help? He is making things worse
What happens when everyone decides to make up? They get a drink at Vickers
What do Coodemay and Sterrett do on Monday morning? Begged for Mrs. Turners forgiveness and gave her $5
How much money are the workers making picking beans? Up to $8
Who begins to sing and dance to Tea Cake’s guitar? Muck-boy
How much money does Tea Cake win from Motor Boat? Nothing
Why does Tea Cake go out while Janie is packing up their things? To look at the damages and make a plan for what to do next
How deep is the water when they leave the house? Up to their buttocks
What does Tea Cake have to abandon because of the strength of the storm? His box
How long and wide is Lake Okechobee according to Tea Cake? 40 miles wide and 60 miles long
What does Motor Boat plan to do if water gets into the house? Go upstairs and swim his way out
Why does the cow panic when Janie grabs onto her tail? It thought it was an alligator
How could that dog “raised hell” with Tea Cake? It would’ve bit Tea Cake in the eye if it had dragged Tea Cake an inch higher
Why does Tea Cake believe he can walk through the streets without being forced to work? He has money
What do the white men call Tea Cake? Jim
Whom has Tea Cake seen alive, and who has died in the flood? Sop-de-Bottom, Dockery, ‘Lias, Coodemay, Motor Boat, Bootnyny = ALIVESterrett = DEAD
What does Tea Cake refuse from Janie? A pan of baked beans
Whom does Janie meet as she goes to see the doctor about the medicine? Sop-de-Bottom and Dockery
Does the doctor have the medicine for Tea Cake? No
Why does Tea Cake tell Janie not to work in the front yard? He wants to see her at all times
What does Janie do after Tea Cake falls dead on her? Pries his teeth off her arm and starts sobbing
What is worse than death to Janie? Lying thoughts
Why did Sop and the others try to hurt Janie? They loved Tea Cake but didn’t understand the situation
How does Sop-de-Bottom explain the town’s attack on Mrs. Turner’s brother? Mrs. Turners brother came into town and asked what Tea Cake and Janie were doing, they could tell he was up to no good
How does the town make itself feel better after what they did to Janie? Running Mrs. Turners brother out of town
How long had the town’s anger lasted against Janie? Two days
What is the Everglades to Janie without Tea Cake? “A great expense of black mud”
What does Janie keep for herself from the Everglades? A package of seeds Tea Cake bought for her to plant
What is love like, according to Janie? The sea
What does Pheoby plan to do tomorrow? Have Sam take her fishing
What are the two things that everybody has to do for themselves? Learn top be independent and go to God
What is Tea Cake wearing for a shawl? The sun
Where is peace for Janie? Knowing Tea Cake is always with her because he showed her the horizon

You Might Also Like