Text Dependent Questions
- QuestionReread the paragraph that begins, “We wanted them to see us.” Who is the “we” and “them” in this first sentence? Why does Lewis say they wanted to be seen?Answer“We” refers to the African Americans participating in the sit-ins. “Them” refers to white people. They wanted to be seen in the hopes that those onlookers would go back to their respective spaces and talk about what they had seen “in heartfelt terms.” They wanted to educate, to appeal to people’s consciences and to teach “one race about another” and about themselves.
- QuestionLewis writes, “There was no question we would continue, no debate, no protest from any of the adults. We knew that sooner or later the stakes would be raised. It was a natural step in the process.” What does this tell you about the expectations for the sit-ins?AnswerThose planning and participating in the sit-ins expected white onlookers to eventually turn violent, which is why they practiced and prepared the ways in which they should act to begin with and respond when something violent happened. This turn of events didn’t surprise them. Not only did they expect it, but they were prepared for it.
- QuestionWhy did John Lewis feel “high,” “giddy with joy” and “elated” while he was getting arrested?AnswerIt can be inferred that he felt excited and “exhilarated” because he was a part of something bigger than himself and he was hopeful that their actions could bring real change to the country.