Study Guide for Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns|
STUDY GUIDE FOR COLD SASSY TREE BY OLIVE ANN BURNS
1. Discuss the ways in which Will's family show that they have more than their
share of prejudice for people they consider beneath them.
2. How does Will show that he matures during the year that Love is married
to his grandfather.
3. Explain the ways in which Will and his grandfather are alike, and the ways
in which they are different.
4. Compare and contrast Loma and Will.
5. Analyze Grandpa's religion and show how it is different from that of the
rest of the family.
6. Analyze Grandpa Blakeslee's power and authority over the people of Cold
7. In spite of deliberately scandalizing his family, Rucker Blakeslee is a
keen judge of human nature and knows how to manipulate it to his own benefit.
Write about at least three occasions when Grandpa shows that he is aware
of things that other people don't realize he knows.
8. The story is told from Will Tweedy's view point. Analyze his discussion,
showing how the eight year later recollection of the adult Will may have
influenced the way the teenage narrator tells his story.
9. Love's greatest longing is for a home and "kin-folk." Disregarding
the fact that she has a child who will be accepted, explain whether or
not Love achieved her goal of simply "belonging."
10. Do you agree or disagree that Grandpa Blakeslee had a more deeply sensitive
nature and love for his family than the people of Cold Sassy gave him
credit for? Explain your position with examples from the story.
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