Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry


Mildred Taylor

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Discussion questions

Spoiler alert! Some of the questions contain key elements of the plot. Do not read if you don't want to know what happens!

  1. How are the lives of the white and black children different in this novel? Make a list.
  2. When Cassie and her brothers are teased by the white children riding on a schoolbus, how do they feel?
  3. Why is it important when Cassie's mother changes the front of the books at school? How would it feel to have everything at your school be secondhand?
  4. How do Cassie and her family feel about having to "know their place"?
  5. Why is it dangerous to boycott the local store? Is it worth it?
  6. Why is land so important to the Logans?
  7. How does it make Cassie feel to have to wait in Barnett's store until after the white children are helped?
  8. Why do the adults, particularly the women fear the white 'night men'? Why do they react to trouble the way they do? Why was Mama so afraid when Hammer left the house?
  9. Why does Stacy continue being friends with TJ?
  10. Why did Papa tell the children it is not wise to have much to do with white people?
  11. How does Uncle Hammer's visit effect the family?
  12. Do you have hope for Cassie and her family in the end?
  13. After reading this book, do you want to read the other books in the Logan family series?


Research the origins of the Ku Klux Klan and "nightriders" and share with the group.

Portions of this discussion guide are credited to 100 Books for Girls to Grow On by Shireen Dodson. HarperCollins, 1998.

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