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Excellent/Interesting Observations and Questions

Here are the names of the people who got "+'s" on their reading responses for Week VIII, along with excerpts from people's observations and a list of the "top 10+" questions asked. (Note: when listing the questions, I'll always copy the wording from the first time the question was asked and put the author's name first in the list of names in parentheses after the question, so that everyone who asked a roughly similar question gets some recognition, but the first person who asked it gets more.)

Week VIII: Pu Songling, Yuan Mei, Hurston, Mukherjee, and Cisneros

Honor Roll: Brad Beck, Sarah Boyle, Amy Carlson, Jeffrey Ciminesi, Mickey Dunning, Stefanie Evans, Heather Giambrone, Jason Golubski, Beth Karnyski, Heather Koski, Rob Lefferts, Russ Leo, Holli Neal, Bethany Prechtl, Jake Proper, Jesse Reiter, Kelly Rosemellia, Kristen Schoonover, William Smith, and Karine Torlet.


Top 10+ Questions

1. What are the social implications surrounding the name of the creek in "Woman Hollering Creek"? What does this have to do with the end of the story? (Russ Leo)

2. What does the notion that Joe and Spunk would clash again in the afterlife tell us about the beliefs of those particular people regarding ghosts? What does this tell us about the ghosts or spirits themselves? (Russ Leo, Bryant Loomis) How do the roles that the two girls take under the scholar [in "Ghost-Girl Xiaoxie"] go along with women's role in other Chinese literature? (William Smith) What were the bigest barriers bettween cultures in "The Management of Grief"? (Mike Copella)

3. What happened at the end [of "The Management of Grief"]? Did she go off somewhere and die or did the "ghost passage" mean something else? (Jake Proper, Heather Giambrone, Stefanie Evans) At the end of the story, she is walking home when she looks up and hears the voice of her family telling her that she'll be okay. By this time, I thought they should have appeared sooner, closer to the time when she believed that they were still alive. I wonder if their motivations were for her self preservation, could this be? (Amy Carlson) When her died husband calls her to finish some unfinished business what is the unfinished business? (Heather Giambrone, Stefanie Evans)

4. I thought it was interesting when Tao said that he could not fall in love or desire a supernatural being or he would die, what is that supposed to mean? Is that a strong superstition held by all people in that culture? (Kelly Rosemellia) What is the significance of Joe attacking Spunky from the back? In life and as the bob-cat? Is Joe a coward? Is Spunky a monster? (Tom Priester, Stephanie Stoddard) What was [Joe returning as a bobcat] symobolizing?? Do the Afican Americans view Bobcats as evil? (Lindsay Robinson, Jesse Reiter, Ryan Destro, Beth Karnyski, Adam Di Palma, Stephanie Stoddard, Stefanie Evans, Karine Torlet) In the last part when Spunk gets killed, it says, 'We laid him on the sawdust pile with his face to the East so's he could die easy.' I can understand the sawdust pile part but what does facing the East have to do with anything? Is it cultural thing? (Jason Golubski, Chris Metot) Do the men at the bar or tavern foreshadow what is going to happen in this story? (Ryan Destro) Why did the narrator not want to help Judith Templeton? Was it some sort of cultural priciple or what Judith stood for? You would think she would want to help her people get as much help as they could. (Jake Proper)

5. Could the motives of many of the ghost authors that we have read be to state the fact that ghosts are in the present, that just because they are dead that they don't have to be forgotten? (Heather Koski)

6. Why did Joe go after Spunk with a knife when he knew Spunk would have a gun? Was Joe brave was did he make a foolish, reactionary decision? (Jesse Reiter, Bethany Prechtl) Did Joe really think he could hurt/kill Spunk with his razor when he was described as being such a monstrous man--did he go in with the intentions of hoping to be killed to end his misery of seeing his wife, whom he still loved, being with some other man? (Beth Karnyski, Kristen Konieczny) Why didn't anyone ever think to ask Joe's wife what really happened in the woods? (Jason Golubski) Who do you think is to blame for Joe and Spunk to be killed? Was it Joe, Elijah, or Spunk [or Lena]? (Mickey Dunning) Do you think that Elijah should be held in any way responsible for Joe's death? Did he work him up and make him fight Spunk? (Jeffrey Ciminesi, Holli Neal, Brad Beck, Bethany Prechtl) At the end of the story did you fell sory for Lena, or do you think she got what she deserved? (Jeffrey Ciminesi, Brad Beck) In "Spunk", was Lena a victim of an overbearing man which everyone feared or was she holding her destiny in her hands? (Beth Karnyski, Adam Di Palma, Karine Torlet) Why was it that Lena went of with Spunk, was she just leading Joe on or were they really married? (Amelia Vanni) Why didn't Joe go after his wife if he was the ghost? (Noelle Dull, Alex Herrera, LIndsay Robinson) Did Lena really love Spunk? I think that she did because why else would she just have gone with another man instead of her husband? (Jessica Scirto) Why does SPUNK get away with murder so easily? Is he above the law? (Tom Priester, Alex Herrera) does anyone else think Spunk had done the same thing to other men in the past? i mean, had he taken other men's wives away from them, and possible killed the men in "self defense"? (Brandon Erick) Was it cowardly for Joe to attack Spunk from behind the way he did? Was Spunk justified in killing him? It was undoubtedly an act of self-defense, but did he really have to kill him, or did he just want to kill him in the first place? (Brad Beck) If joe was a ghost, why did he come back as a panther? (Noelle Dull, Tom Priester, Jessica Scirto, Jamie Coniglio, Alex Herrera, Lindsay Robinson, Jessica Sandeen, Nathan Cooper, Chris Metot, Bethany Prechtl, Amelia Vanni) Why do the old guys say what guy will be next [for Lena]? (Sarah Boyle, Lindsay Robinson, Megan Hulbert, Chris Metot) Do you think that the ghost of [Mrs. Bhave's] husband really appeared to the narrartor or was she just making it up in her head? (Jake Proper) One detail I want to inquire about in particular is the emphasis on Cleofilas' father's parting words ( "I am your father, I will never abandon you." ). This seemed as if it were to be a major point in "Woman Hollering Creek," but it was left undeveloped. Why? Did I miss something entirely? (Russ Leo, Theresa O'Hern) Why if the wife realized that her husband had abused her, would she let him do it again? I found it very hard to understand her. (Theresa O'Hern)

7. Do you believe that Spunk fell into the saw accidentally? (Sheryl Harvey) Why is it such a big deal that Joe's father came to Spunk's funeral? And why is Spunk burried on three boards, and only covered with a dingy sheet? (Megan Hulbert)

8. How do you think [Hurston's] story would have been different if the characters were white? Would their views about the ghosts change? (Jeffrey Ciminesi, Jessica Sandeen) Although this story is about the African American culture, it relates to all people somehow. What do you think this relation could be? (Jamie Coniglio, Holli Neal, Jessica Sandeen)

9. Why do you think that Hurston chose to write about the issue of adultery? What are her intentions? (Mickey Dunning)

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EN 209: Novels and Tales, Spring 1999
Created: 3/21/99, 5:32 pm
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