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The Color Of Water Discussion Questions 2014

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The Color of Water Discussion Questions 
Please respond to each of the following questions. You should type responses to each, and be prepared to  hand­in and discuss your responses in class (see the schedule for the dates). Be sure—wherever  possible—to relate the discussions back to course concepts.   

1. "Our house was a combination three­ring circus and zoo, complete with ongoing action, daring  feats, music, and animals." Does Helen leave to escape her chaotic homelife or to escape the mother  whose very appearance confuses her about who she is?   

2. "It was in her sense of education, more than any other, that Mommy conveyed her Jewishness to  us." Do you agree with this statement? Is it possible that Ruth McBride Jordan's unshakable  devotion to her faith, even though she converted to Christianity from Judaism, stems from her  Orthodox Jewish upbringing?  

3. "Mommy's contradictions crashed and slammed against one another like bumper cars at Coney  Island. White folks, she felt, were implicitly evil toward blacks, yet she forced us to go to white  schools to get the best education. Blacks could be trusted more, but anything involving blacks was  probably substandard... She was against welfare and never applied for it despite our need, but  championed those who availed themselves of it." Do you think these contradictions served to  confuse Ruth's children further, or did they somehow contribute to the balanced view of humanity  that James McBride possesses? 

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