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The latest novel from Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison. An angry and self-loathing veteran of the Korean War, Frank Money finds himself back in racist America after enduring trauma on the front lines that left him with more than just physical scars. His home--and himself in it--may no longer be as he remembers it, but Frank is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from, which he's hated all his life. As Frank revisits the memories from childhood and the war that leave him questioning his sense of self, he discovers a profound courage he thought he could never possess again. A deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood--and his home. This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
Curriculet Details
20 Questions
22 Annotations
3 Quizzes

In this free digital curriculum for high school students, annotations link readers to songs and excerpts from movies and works of literature referenced in the text. Written annotations describe metafiction, symbolism, and Morrison’s use of point of view. Annotations also explain the significance of social and political references mentioned in the text. Students will explore the themes of racism, self worth, and manhood. The Common Core aligned questions, answers, and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Chapter One

Toni Morrison's "Home" is described as a novel, a novella or short novel because of its length. It is also said to be an allegory, a story that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one. After reading the text, you can decide how you would describe it.  
The narrator describes seeing horses fight like men. Why do you think this image was so memorable?  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Two

What do we learn about the patient as he prepares his escape? 
What do Frank's questions reveal about him? 
The Combat Infantry Badge is awarded to infantrymen and Special Forces soldiers in the rank of Colonel and below, who personally fought in active ground combat while assigned as members of either an infantry, Ranger or Special Forces unit, of brigade size or smaller, any time after December 6, 1941. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Reverend Maynard treat Frank with contempt? 
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?  
The couple are attacked because they are African American. Jim Crow laws mandated the segregation of public schools, public places and public transportation, and the segregation of restrooms, restaurants and drinking fountains for whites and blacks in the Southern states after the Reconstruction period. 
What is the cause of the injury to Thomas's arm? 
The narrator sees a figure in a blue zoot suit. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Three

The narrator for this chapter is  

Chapter Four

Why does Lenore mistreat Cee? 
What does Thelma mean by this highlighted statement? 
What does Cee think is the solution for her money problems? 
Why does Cee go around to the back door? 
What does Cee learn about the doctor from Sarah and the doctor's wife? 
Sarah is probably referring to hydrocephalus. This is a brain condition that happens when cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) — the clear, watery fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord — cannot drain from the brain. It then pools, causing a buildup of fluid in the skull. 
Dr. Beau deals with eugenics, which is  

Chapter Five

In literature, point of view is the mode of narration that an author employs to let the readers “hear” and “see” what takes place in a story, poem, or essay. What do you notice about the point of view in this narrative? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Six

Albert Maltz was an American playwright, fiction writer, and screenwriter. He was one of the Hollywood Ten who were jailed in 1950 for their 1947 refusal to testify before the U.S. Congress about their involvement with the U.S. Communist Party.  
Lily and Frank go to see the movie "He Ran All the Way." Watch this clip from the movie. (This annotation contains a video)
Why do you think the movie upsets Frank? 
Quiz One 

Chapter Seven

Why does Frank join the army? 

Chapter Eight

When Frank's family moves in with Lenore and Salem, how does Lenore express her displeasure? 
What do the women understand this statement to mean? 

Chapter Nine

Frank talks to the narrator about what he experiences in Korea. This is an example of metafiction. Metafiction occurs in fictional stories when the story examines the elements of fiction itself.  

Chapter Ten

How does Mike's death affect Frank? 
Why might the words to this song have special meaning for Frank? 
The radio in the shop is playing Bing Crosby's "Don't Fence Me In." (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Eleven

The narration in the italicized chapters is  

Chapter Twelve

How is the man with the ponytail like the Samaritan? 
Frank makes an allusion to the parable of the good Samaritan in Luke 10: 25-37. You can read the parable on the website below.  (This annotation contains a link)
What does Sarah now understand about Dr. Beau's work? 
Where does Frank seek help for Cee? 
Quiz Two 

Chapter Thirteen

In the African American community, "Take Me to the Water" was a song sung as participants were baptized, normally in a clear running stream.  (This annotation contains a video)
What attitude do the women have towards Dr. Beau's experiments? 
What advice does Ethel give Cee? 
What do Cee's thoughts indicate about her? 

Chapter Fourteen

What truth does Frank reveal about himself? 

Chapter Fifteen

White men forced the black boys and men to fight each other to the death. How does Fish Eye characterize this treatment? 

Chapter Sixteen

What annoys Cee about doing what Frank wants against her own wishes? 
Why does Frank choose this epitaph for the grave? 

Chapter Seventeen

Quiz Three