The Best American Mystery Stories 2013

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A best-selling novelist and Edgar Award winner, Lisa Scottoline brings her mastery of the thriller genre as well as her wit and heart to this collection of the must-reads in mysteries. 
Curriculet Details
111 Questions
124 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for high school students contains interactive videos exploring protagonists and antagonists, emerging themes, and figurative language, as well as annotations clarifying complex texts and explaining obscure references. Students will explore the themes of greed, jealousy, and when, if ever, murder is justified. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension. Teachers: please note that this text contains adult language and sexual situations.

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What is this quote by Lincoln meant to suggest about the short story genre (versus the novel)? 
Pithy means brief (short) but full of meaning. 

Smothered and Covered

The girl's highlighted response suggests that 
"Smothered and covered" refers to the hash browns being smothered with onions and covered with cheese. But notice how this word choice also gives a hint of something dangerous or violent that might occur later in the story ("smothered" and "covered" are two words that could suggest being under attack). (This annotation contains an image)
A Fu Manchu mustache is a full, straight mustache that originates on the corners of the mouth and grows downward past the clean-shaven lips and chin in two tapered "tendrils." It is associated with the fictional villain Dr. Fu Manchu (shown below). (This annotation contains an image)
What does the highlighted paragraph suggest about the narrator's (and Sandy's) daughter Iris? 
Karl Wallenda (1905 – 1978) was a German-American high wire artist and founder of The Flying Wallendas, a daredevil circus act which performed dangerous stunts, often without a safety net. In 1978, at age 73, Wallenda attempted a walk between the two towers of the ten-story Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on a wire stretched 121 ft (37 metres) above the pavement. Due to improper wiring support and high winds, he fell to his death during the attempt. (This annotation contains an image)
In what ways are Sandy and the narrator reacting differently to the news of what has happened to the girl? What do we learn about each of their characters? 
Some of this information has been hinted at earlier (for example, when the narrator mentions that someone claimed to have smelled alcohol on his breath the day his daughter died). The narrator's discussion of his hurt shoulder and leg are also indications that he has been in a serious accident of some kind. However, this is the first time we learn the facts surrounding Iris's death. It is also the first time we learn the narrator's full name: Tim Parker. 
Jack Ruby is the man who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald (Oswald was the man charged with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy). Jack Ruby is pictured below. (This annotation contains an image)
What do you think of this ending? (Is it predictable? Surprising? Satisfying? Confusing?) What effect does the ending have on the overall meaning of the story? 

A Fine Mist of Blood

Unlike the last story, this one 
Presumably, a "case-to-case hit" is when two cases in the database contain some kind of important similarity, such as a similarity in the type of victim, the location, or in this case, a witness listed in the case. 
Besides the presence of the same witness, how are the two cases (crimes) similar? 
The fight-or-flight response is a physiological reaction that prepares our bodies to either stay and fight or flea the situation. It is a response to acute stress and triggers the release of chemicals such as adrenaline in the body. 
Gables's initial fight-or-flight response, combined with her signs of stress now, suggest that 
In the highlighted section, notice how Bosch purposefully leaves his first question ambiguous. When he asks "How do you pick them," a potential interpretation could be, "How do you pick your victims?" When she asks for clarification, he pauses before responding, drawing out the tension of this moment. 
Please watch the short video below on emerging themes in preparation for the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
The highlighted section points to which emerging theme in this short story collection? 
Notice how the power and tension in the story suddenly shifts! Now Bosch is in control, and the mood is one of relief as the reader realizes that Gables is not going to get away with this. 

Misprision of Felony

The word "plainclothesman" refers to 
The Zulu people are an ethnic group in Southern Africa. Below is a photograph of two Zulu children wearing ceremonial attire. (This annotation contains an image)
Savary is most likely referring to Hurricane Katrina, the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic tropical cyclone of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, which caused damage in the U.S. from Texas to Florida. At least 1,833 people died in the hurricane and subsequent floods. Below is a photograph of part of the city of New Orleans (where this story is set) after Katrina. (This annotation contains an image)
The "Peter Principle" is a concept in management theory in which the selection of a candidate for a position is based on their performance in their current role rather than on their abilities relevant to the intended role. The authors suggest that people will tend to be promoted until they reach their "position of incompetence." 
Please watch the video below on literal versus figurative language in preparation for the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
The author's style of writing can best be described as 
Why do you think the author chooses to include this flashback to Savary's ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War? What does this flashback have to do with the ideas or themes coming up in the story so far? Please respond in 2-4 sentences. 
Quantico is a Marine Corps base in Virginia that also houses training institutions for the FBI, including a laboratory and an academy. (This annotation contains an image)
ATF is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (part of the US Department of Justice).  (This annotation contains an image)
Savary's question (highlighted) is a reminder to the reader that 
"Misprision of felony" (the title of this story!) is a crime in the United States. Basically, the law says that if you are aware that a person has committed a felony, you are not allowed to conceal that from authorities. 
How exactly do you interpret this ending quote from Jodie? What does it have to do with "misprision of felony"? Why do you think the author chooses to end the story with this quote? Please respond in 3-5 sentences. 

The Sailor in the Picture

Below is the photograph the author is referring to. The photograph was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt on Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) in Times Square in New York City, on August 14, 1945 (the end of World War II). (This annotation contains an image)
When Peg imagines that Jim is gone, she focuses on 
The contents of the telegram are obviously not what Peg expected. Instead of being dead, Jim is coming home, but Peg seems more apprehensive than excited about his arrival. As you continue to read, look for clues as to why she is so worried. 
In the highlighted section, are we meant to believe that Peg is losing weight because of the heat and that she is smiling less because she is nervous that she hasn't heard again from Jimmy? Or is something else going on? If so, what, and why do you think Peg isn't telling the truth about it? 
Eugene "Gene" Kelly (1912 – 1996) was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer, and choreographer. Kelly was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks, and the likable characters that he played on screen. Below is a picture of Kelly in 1943. (This annotation contains an image)
The author has created serious tension here. Although it looks as though Jimmy is going to kill Peg, the reader also knows that _________ because the author revealed this at the beginning of the story. 
If you read closely, you'll notice that the highlighted section suggests that Officer Paretti suspects that Peg has killed Jimmy. He looks at "the angle of the knife" and "the design of the cut," knowing that Peg works for a butcher and would be capable of making cuts like that. After he determines this, he pulls out a handkerchief and wipes off the handle of the knife, presumably to remove any fingerprints that might be there. 
How does Peg's granddaughter react to the story? How do you react to it? Do you think the author intends for us (readers) to feel that Peg's crime was justified? Explain your answer, using 4-6 sentences. 

The Devil to Pay

A PO is a parole officer, whose responsibility it is to monitor those who have been convicted of crimes but are not in jail or are no longer in jail. 
Please watch the video below on protagonists and antagonists in preparation for the question that follows in a few pages. As you continue to read, consider who might be the protagonist of this story. (This annotation contains a video)
This sentence most likely foreshadows 
We seem to be shifting here to a new scene with new characters at Brooklyn South (possibly a police station). "Sucking hind tit," by the way, is slang for "not getting a fair share." 
They're discussing Tommy Meadows now, the character we were first introduced to. 
Based on what you have read so far, is there a clear protagonist in this story? If so, who, and why did you choose him/her? If not, what is the effect of the lack of a clear protagonist, and how is this different from other stories in the collection? Please explain using 3-5 sentences. 
Lufthansa is a German airline, the largest airline in Europe with more than 280 aircraft. (This annotation contains an image)
This metaphor suggests that 
"Muj" is short for mujahideen, which is a name most closely associated with radical Islam, encompassing several militant groups and struggles across the Middle East. 
How are Lydie, Babs, and Tommy connected? 
J. Edgar Hoover was the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States. His critics have accused him of exceeding the jurisdiction of the FBI. He used the FBI to harass political dissenters and activists, to amass secret files on political leaders and to collect evidence using illegal methods. Hoover consequently amassed a great deal of power. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted section suggests that 
"Jihadi" is a word that has a complex history and set of meanings (not all of them bad!), but in this context, it probably refers to a Islamic terrorist. 
Based on an earlier scene that foreshadowed this incident, the reader knows that ___________  physically killed Kaufman.  
Mary Kay is a cosmetics brand often sold through independent sellers who go door-to-door and sell to neighbors and friends. Nico is clearly making a joke here, but he is also making it clear that he will need more time to figure out how to acquire the guns/ammo Tommy says he is looking for because of the sensitivity and danger surrounding such weapons. (This annotation contains an image)
Please watch the video below on structure in preparation for the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
How would you describe this story's structure? For example, how is it split into sections, and what do the sections have to do with each other? What effect does this structure have on the story? Please respond in 3-5 sentences. 
Lydie means her contact at the NSA, Felix Soto. She's not allowed to discuss it because their surveillance program is classified information. 
Based on the context, the phrase "a pig in a poke" probably means what? 
Kreuz is announcing herself as federal police. 
This is some sort of curse involving the "f" word. 
When Kreuz says "Oh ... my bad" after shooting an apparently unarmed man, this is an example of  

The Street Ends at the Cemetery

This is a rather ominous title! Keep it in mind as you continue to read. 
Why does Cory follow the woman to the motel where she lives? (Are there any clues in the text as to why he does this?) In your response, please use at least one quotation from the story so far that supports your answer. 
Fraternization means conducting social relations with someone as though the person were a sibling, family member, personal friend, or lover. Many workplaces and government institutions such as the military have fraternization rules designed to keep order and reduce conflict.  
The deputy warden (Duffy) and the FBI agent (Hardesty) are planning to 
Atoka High is a real high school in the small town of Atoka, Oklahoma. Atoka is home about 3,000 people. (This annotation contains an image)
Lester's statement (highlighted) suggests that 
Revivals refers to church revivals -- large church gatherings that often involve singing, praying, and a sermon. 
At this point, do you think Cory could be considered the protagonist of the story? Why or why not?  
Cory's suggestion seems innocent enough, but we know he is planning to get the money for himself. Perhaps he suggests using his own car with a tracker so that he can remove the tracker (or never use it in the first place) to evade Hardesty and Duffy. 
One of the emerging themes in this story is 
At this point, there are so many people planning to outsmart and betray each other that it's hard to know exactly where everybody stands. Cory could go with Billie (most likely) or Hardesty. Hardesty could go with Duffy or Cory. And Billie could go with Cory or Lester. Consider: where do you think each person's true alliance lies? 
Hardesty's use of a second tracker suggests that 
"Skid row" or "skid road" is a shabby urban area with cheap taverns, dive bars, and dilapidated hotels frequented by lowlifes, alcoholics, and criminals.  (This annotation contains an image)
Cory removes one of Hardesty's tracking devices, but the reader knows that there are two. This is an example of 
Please watch the video below on irony in preparation for the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
Notice how the rain recalls Cory's first meeting with Billie. 
Based on the highlighted section, as well as the rest of the story that you have read so far, do you think Billie's allegiance is with Cory or Lester? Or, is she still deciding? Respond in 3-5 sentences and include at least one quotation from the story that supports your answer. 
The fact that Lester's gun is not loaded suggests that 
This short sentence contains some serious situational irony! The big prize that everyone has been seeking throughout the whole story (the money) is now destroyed. It's not a matter of WHO gets it -- nobody gets it at all. This is a very ironic twist. 
Now that you have read the full story, what meaning can you find (other than the literal) in the title "The Street Ends at the Cemetery"? What is it about the characters (their personalities, behaviors, or actions) that ends up getting them all killed? In other words, what is the central theme or main idea of the story? Please respond in 3-5 sentences. 


A couloir is as steep gorge along a mountainside. The red and green lines in the photograph below show couloirs. (This annotation contains an image)
In the map on the left, you'll see that Nelson is in British Columbia, Canada, close to the border of several Northwestern states in the U.S. (This annotation contains an image)
Why did Sierra originally come to Canada? 
Based on what we have learned so far, "personal baggage" probably refers to dope that these men are aiming to smuggle in to the States from Canada. But it could potentially refer to something else ... whatever it is, it's probably not legal. 
This story is being told in what tense and from what point of view? 
A toque is a knit cap popular in Canada. In the U.S., it is commonly referred to as a "beanie." (This annotation contains an image)
At this point in the story, how would you describe Sierra as a character? Use specific examples or details to support your description.  
"Shin bang" is a problem commonly experienced by skiers and snowboarders. (This annotation contains an image)
Structurally, what effect is this mini-scene with the dead rabbit most likely to have on the story? 
The War Atrocities Museum (actually called the Vietnam War Remnants Museum) is in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Follow the link below if you are interested in exploring some of the photographs from the museum (warning: some of the photographs are very disturbing). (This annotation contains a link)
Is Sierra's highlighted statement true and honest? 
Skins are strips of material (once actual animal skins, but now all synthetic) that attach to the undersides of backcountry and metal-edge touring skis to provide traction for climbing. The child shown below is holding a skin (purple) in his left hand. (This annotation contains an image)
Read the highlighted sentence closely, thinking about the diction (word choice). Do you notice a pattern in the kinds of words used in the sentence? What pattern do you notice, and what effect does this have on the scene or on the story as a whole? 
The highlighted section suggests that Gord has not died from freezing as George suggests, but from a drug overdose, presumably administered by Yuri and/or George. 
Based on what you know at this point, why do you think the men care that Sierra is originally American? What might they be carrying into the States in the metal canisters?  
The ease and speed which with the men deal with the aftermath of the murder of Yuri seems to suggest that they are accustomed to murder and body disposal of this kind. 
The mention of radiation burns, combined with other clues from the story, suggests that the men are carrying 
Joe Simpson is a famous mountaineer well knows for his book, "Touching the Void." (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz Stories 1-7 

Remora, IL

Based on the text, why does Herman Floss probably support the idea of a prison? 
Ramparts are defensive walls in between towers or other structures. Below is a photograph showing the architecture of towers joined by ramparts, although the prison in the story is probably not quite so impressive-looking. (This annotation contains an image)
Please watch the video below on point of view in preparation for the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
How would you describe the point of view of this story? Is there a narrator, and if so, who or what is the narrator? Please explain in 3-5 sentences. 
The kind of thoughts the narrator is speaking about are called "implicit bias." Having "implicit bias" means that your mind has an unconscious and automatic bias against individuals who are different from you in some way (in this case, racially), but it is a bias you are not necessarily aware of. 
Structurally, the highlighted section is a 
DOC stands for Department of Corrections, a governmental agency responsible for overseeing the incarceration of persons convicted of crimes within a particular jurisdiction. Each U.S. state has their own DOC. Below, for example, is Missouri's insignia. (This annotation contains an image)
This story begins in the past tense and ends with a short section that is mostly in the present tense. How have things apparently changed in the time between past and present? 

Thy Shiny Car in the Night

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was an American novelist and poet best known for his novel, On the Road, and his involvement in a literary movement known as the "Beats." Kerouac is recognized for his method of spontaneous prose (writing a lengthy text all at once). Thematically, his work covers topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. He became an underground celebrity and a large part of the hippie movement. (This annotation contains an image)
"Getting made" means having your cover blown and your true identity revealed. The narrator seems to be suggesting that his father is involved in the mafia. 
"Mulignan" comes from the Italian word for eggplant. Based on the context of its use in this sentence, though, it is meant here as 
"Turning rat" means choosing to work with the police and "rat out" (implicate) others in crimes, usually in exchange for legal forgiveness of your own crimes. 
What does this final highlighted image suggest about the future for the narrator and his father? Please analyze it closely, considering what it suggests and why the author chose to end with it.  


Inuvik is in northernmost Canada, near the Arctic Circle. Below is a photograph taken to promote Arctic Adventure tours there. (This annotation contains an image)
The changes in the setting (Zoe's travel) are caused by what? 
The city of Venice (in Italy) is famous for having waterways in place of many streets. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on what you have read so far, why might Zoe lie and claim that her parents are dead? What kind of relationship does she seem to have with her family?  
La Repubblica is an Italian daily general-interest newspaper founded in 1976. 
The highlighted section is  
This ending is somewhat vague. Perhaps Zoe is reuniting with Peter in heaven? What other explanations can you imagine? 

The Ring of Kerry

Why doesn't Lafferty suggest this plan himself? 
Below is a map of Ireland showing Dublin as well as County Kerry in the lower left, which might be the place the "ring of Kerry" is named after. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on what you have read so far, who would you consider to be the protagonist of this story? Lafferty? Eena? Or neither? Consider whose thoughts the reader is more aware of, who the reader "knows" more, and who the reader sympathizes with the most. 
Lafferty has the genuine ring after all. What does this tell us about his (and/or Eena's) motivations? 
This seems to be a strange time for a pun! (I should have known "butter" instead of "better"). 
Which of the following is NOT a theme that has come up in this story so far? 
By "up," Ray most likely means that Eena is getting him "revved up" or upset. 


According to Henry, why does he shoot the owl? 
Lepto is short for Leptospirosis, a serious bacterial infection. Blackleg is a highly fatal disease of young cattle and sheep caused by the bacteria Clostridium chauvoei. 
This section about Jacob ends with Jacob saying he left something in the woods but falling asleep before he can say what it is. This creates a sense of _______ at this point in the story. 
Death Valley Days is an American radio and television anthology series featuring true stories of the old American West, particularly the Death Valley area. Created in 1930, the program was broadcast on radio until 1945 and continued from 1952 to 1970 as a syndicated television series, with reruns (updated with new narrations) continuing through 1975. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Cort's true purpose for being in this town? 
Henry's memory of a similar sound might suggest that his mother died soon after giving birth to Sam. 
Why is Jacob "cooling"? 
"Sawed-off" refers to a sawed-off shotgun (a shotgun with a short barrel, like the one pictured below). (This annotation contains an image)
The fact that Henry and Sam throw the sack of money down the well suggests that 

So Near Any Time Always

Strykersville is a small community (sometimes called a hamlet) located in the town of Sheldon, New York. (This annotation contains an image)
How do you interpret the highlighted italicized section? How does this section affect the way you perceive the male character as you continue to read? Please respond in 3-5 sentences. 
This idea (of the pair knowing each other a long time) has already been brought up multiple times. Consider what significance time might have as you read further in the story. 
The author's description of the pair's shadows as "ghostly" might subtly suggest 
WASP is short for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, often referring to people with wealth and privilege. 
Based on the context, Desmond's response to Mrs. Marsh's invitation is likely to be 
Sumac is a flowering plant. Its berries are sometimes used in food, ground up as spice. (This annotation contains an image)
What motifs have you noticed arising in this story? Choose one or two, and explain what meaning you think the motif might have in the story. 
Please watch the video below on motif in preparation for the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Civil Disobedience, an argument for disobedience to an unjust state. (This annotation contains an image)
How have Lizbeth's feelings toward Desmond changed recently? What is she beginning to realize?  
"Herr" is used as a courtesy title in a German-speaking area, prefixed to the surname or professional title of a man. This word suggests that Desmond is or was under the care of German doctors. 
Desmond's highlighted comment suggests that the town of Strykersville 
Notice that even the dog, who before treated Desmond with such trust, is now afraid of him! 
This is something Lizbeth imagines being said behind her back. But is there any truth to it? Is Desmond mentally abusing her in some way, and if so, how? 
The fact that Desmond's message is written in all capital letters makes its tone  
When others ask Lizbeth if she has been intimate with Desmond, they are talking about sex, but for Lizbeth, the word intimacy as used here seems to mean something more emotional and/or mental. 
How do you interpret this highlighted message? Why might the author have chosen it as the title of her short story? What meaning or significance does it have? Please respond in 3-5 sentences. 
Chattel refers to a personal possession; legally, it refers to an item of property other than real estate. 
This headline reveals that 
Voluntary manslaughter is the killing of a human being in which the offender had no prior intent to kill and acted during "the heat of passion," under circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to become emotionally or mentally disturbed. 
In retrospect, this earlier comment from Desmond 

Light Bulb

In Spanish, "paseo" means avenue or passage. 
Structurally, the story is 
Elizabeth Taylor (1932 – 2011) was a famous British-American actress who often played romantic roles. (This annotation contains an image)
Thematically, this story seems to be about 
What is the reason Judy no longer works for GM? 
The fact that the man was Sue's uncle raises questions about whether he may have abused her, and whether it was that abuse that led her down the path of drugs. 
Why do you think the author chooses to title her story "Light Bulb"? What is usually suggested by the phrase "light bulb" (consider its connotations), and how is its meaning different in this story? 
Quiz Stories 8-14 

Gunpowder Alley

This clue puts the setting of this story around 1900. William McKinley (1843 – 1901) was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897, until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term.  (This annotation contains an image)
A teetotaler is a person who never drinks alcohol. 
Based on the context, the "War Between the States" most likely refers to the  
Lucifer was originally the name given to a new type of match that used friction to ignite, invented in 1829. Even though matches evolved, "lucifer" stuck around as a slang term meaning match. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the context of the sentence, the word 'quarry'  
A "watering hole" is a bar, nightclub, or restaurant, where alcoholic drinks are served. 
Leticia Carver's response to Quincannon's question 
Consider this ... IS there anyone who could have known Quincannon's plan to follow Sonderberg? 
Based on the context, the word "crone" probably means 
Rattlepate is a variant of the word rattlebrain, used to refer to an empty-headed, talkative person. 
The author's description of Ms. Dupree as being an actress and having eyes "wise beyond her years" suggests that 
Finally we find out what the mysterious object was that Quincannon found in the closet and that made him sure he knew who had been involved in the murder! 
What does Sabina mean by her final remark? What theme or general idea of the story is suggested by it?  

The Indian

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was a famous American playwright.  (This annotation contains an image)
Please watch the video below on tone and mood in preparation for the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
How would you describe the tone Harvey has used in his speech so far? How do others react to his tone? 
A .357 is a type of revolver. (This annotation contains an image)
What perspective is this story told from? 
Indian is an American brand of motorcycles originally manufactured from 1901 to 1953 by a company in Springfield, Massachusetts. Below is a photograph of one of their models. (This annotation contains an image)
This _______ suggests that Kenny is rotten on the inside but appears charming and high-quality from the outside. 
This most likely refers to the perfume by Calvin Klein. (This annotation contains an image)
How would you describe the relationship between Harvey and Jennilee? For example, who has more power in the relationship? Please respond in 3-5 sentences. 
The Iberian Peninsula contains Spain, Portugal, and Andorra, as well as a part of France and the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted section is an example of 
"Kick the can" is a simple game played throughout many generations, mostly on neighborhood streets. Follow the link below if you'd like to learn how to play.  (This annotation contains a link)
In your own words, what is the brothers' plan? Do you see any potential problems or issues with their plan? Please respond in 3-5 sentences. 
Tae Bo is a total body fitness system that incorporates Martial Arts techniques such as kicks and punches. If you are unfamiliar with the technique, the short video below gives a general idea. (This annotation contains a video)
What does the description "gorgeous but appalling" suggest about the photos? 
Euchre is a card game commonly played with four people. (This annotation contains an image)
Harvey is finally explaining what went wrong in his relationship with Kenny. Why do you think the author chooses to have this explanation come after the brothers have discovered the photos instead of before? How would the story be changed if it were the other way around? 
Obviously, Harvey was unaware that Kenny also had digital files of the photos, in addition to the print ones that Jennilee destroyed. 
Harvey's imaginings about kids remind the reader that 
Buck season is a specific time of year when hunters are allowed to hunt and kill deer in a designated area. 
Which of the following is NOT a theme that has come up in this story? 
A supplicant is one who is humbly asking for something. This word is often used in a religious context, with a person being a supplicant before God. 
What is Kenny most likely so anxious about? 
Harvey was reaching for the CD, not a weapon, suggesting that he did not necessarily come with the intention of physically harming Kenny. 
The highlighted section suggests that 
Jennilee is apparently maneuvering the shotgun so that she can use it to shoot herself as well. 
Why do you think the author chose to title this story "The Indian," after the motorcycle? What significance does the motorcycle have in the story, and what might it represent or suggest? 

When They Are Done with Us

Luckies is shorthand for Lucky Strike cigarettes.  (This annotation contains an image)
Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of New York City. (This annotation contains an image)
What kind of dynamic has the author established between Jo and her son Charlie? 
Jo has experienced both physical and sexual abuse from her son. Consider: why don't you think she tells anyone about it? 
Based on the context, "Nicholas" is 
This story is probably particularly disturbing to Jo given her worries about her own son and what he might be capable of doing to her and to others. 
Read Jo's poem carefully and consider its meaning. What does it reveal about Jo's thoughts and feelings? Choose a particular line or two that you think are interesting, and discuss what you think the line(s) mean.  
A bodega is a mini-mart, kind of like a 7-11, but usually smaller and with a liquor store-like atmosphere. This is a commonly used term on the East Coast, especially in the New York City region, where you will find many of these. The word came from the actual spanish word for "grocery store" - la bodega and they are often found in Latino or Hispanic neighborhoods. (This annotation contains an image)
This sentence ________ the idea that Jo is considering killing her son. 

The Don’s Cinnamon

Havana is the capital city of Cuba, which is an island 110 miles off the coast of Florida. Below is a photograph of a street band in Havana. (This annotation contains an image)
A volanta is a carriage drawn by a horse. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Burke's occupation, exactly? 
Wondering when this story is set? Slavery was abolished in Cuba in 1880, so we know the story is set prior to that year. 
Why is Burke uncomfortable with this case? Why is he not sure he wants to tell the don everything he knows? What does this tell you about his character? 
A mulatto is a person of mixed white and black ancestry, especially a person with one white and one black parent. This term was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries but is no longer considered appropriate. 
What has Burke now learned from the testimony of Enrique and the two slave boys? 
Bozal refers to an African-born slave who acquired the Spanish language under duress, creating a variant form of Spanish with African influence. 
This revelation is even more disturbing to the reader because 

Bullet Number Two

Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming, and Phoenix is the capital of Arizona. You can see their locations on the map below. (This annotation contains an image)
In these first few pages, what have we learned about Hawley's character? What kind of background does he seem to have? Notice if your perception of his character changes as you continue reading. 
Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta is an Italy-based multinational firearms manufacturer. Their firearms are used worldwide for a variety of civilian, law enforcement, and military purposes. Below is a Beretta pistol.  (This annotation contains an image)
What textual evidence supports the idea that the man with the freckles has indeed killed the Navajos? 


What is happening in the italicized section? How does it compare to the section that follows? 
Victuals are food provisions. It sounds like Ernie is smart to bring extra food with him so that he can eat little during meals with Miss Thyrza, especially since she has specifically asked the matron whether Ernie will "eat [her] out of house and home." 
Now that you have read further, what is the relationship between the italicized sections and the other sections? 
What do you think the narrator means by "bound" in this sentence? How could Ernie be "bound," and why would Miss Thyrza want to bind Jasper? 
Based on the earlier description of Amos kissing Effie and following her around, it seems likely that Amos tried to force himself sexually on Effie and that Jasper shot Amos to defend her. But we don't know this for sure yet. 
Cleopatra was the last active pharaoh of ancient Egypt and was said to be a great beauty. Below is a movie poster for "Cleopatra" with the title role played by Elizabeth Taylor.  (This annotation contains an image)
Who does Miss Thyrza consider to be "hers"? 
Based on the next sentence, it seems that when Ernie mentions "two nights," he means it has been two nights since the events he is about to talk about occurred. 
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