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Trapped Between the Lash and the Gun: A Boy's Journey
by Whitmore, Arvella
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1. Why did Jordan want to stay with the Cobras instead of moving with his own family?
2. What would you do if you found yourself in a different time period? Which time in history would you choose to go to? What would be the benefits of going there? What would you miss?
3. Why did Jordan thin the people on the plantation would believe him when he said he was from a different time and was a free person? What would you have done to get out of this situation?
4. How does Jordan's time with the Cobras compare to his time as a slave? What do you think the author was trying to say by sending him into slavery?
5. Why does Grandpa think that knowing family history is important? Do you agree with him?
6. How does experiencing the slave trade influence Jordan's feelings toward his own family?
7. Uriah was amazed that Jordan could read and write because it was against the law for slaves to learn how. What was the reason for this law?
8. As Jordan quickly learned, it was often the job of a slave to whip other slaves who were caught breaking the rules. How did this hierarchy affect the slave community on the plantation?
9. Why do you think that Uriah clings to the idea that Master Hennings is his father?
10. Who does Jordan write a letter to in the end? Why?