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Chapter Six: Mae
Learning Activities

2 Handouts

Activity 1 - Vocabulary

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Learners read the sentences from the chapter on Handout 1. They write their own definition for each word and then use a dictionary to check their definitions. Then, they write another sentence for each word.

Activity 2 – Chapter Questions

Learners answer questions about the chapter. The questions are listed on Handout 2. Below are the questions and answers for the instructor.

Questions: p.60-61
  1. How did Moses feel when Hannah died? Numb with grief.

  2. What happened to the children? Older ones shipped off to school and younger ones sent to orphanage where they later died.

  3. Where did Mae work? Hudson Stuck Memorial Hospital

Questions: p.62-63
  1. What was Mae's salary? 15 dollars a month.

  2. Why was it difficult for Mae to save money? Even though it was a lot of money, her money dwindled. Especially when she bought into the idea of dressing as well as her peers.

  3. What was every girl's romantic dream? To have a Carey Grant look-a-like light their cigarette.

  4. Where did she first see Pete? On one of her breaks at he hospital

Questions: p.64-65
  1. What does it mean “Mae was captivated from the moment she saw him”.