How to Read Literature
Our Say by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy
Warm, feisty, and intelligent, the Delany sisters speak
their minds in a book that is an historical record and a
moving portrait of two sisters who love, laugh, and embrace
life after one hundred years of living side by side.
Questions for Discussion
- Why was Saint Augustine
important in the lives of the Delany sisters?
- What about the sisters’ use
of language helps the reader to better understand who they were and what their
lives were like.
- What forces, events,
experiences, great happenings in American history are reflected in the
lives of the Delany sisters?
- There are many theories about
the origin of prejudice. How do the Delanys explain this phenomenon?
- How did the sisters’
philosophy of exercise influence their lives?
- How did the educational
philosophy of their parents and educational environment they grew up in
help to shape the sisters’ views of education and achievement?
- What evidence is there that
the Delany family cherished and passed on family oral history?
- Why was the relationship
between the sisters’ grandfather (James Miliam) and their grandmother
- What are some of the major
contrasts in character and some major differences in how the sisters have
handled similar experiences including dealing with Jim Crow laws and
- What factors caused the
sisters to overcome racial prejudice and to succeed in a world that was
often hostile to people even of their background; hostile to people, like
themselves, with educational credentials, backbone, and good character?
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