A Different Drummer By William Melvin Kelley Study Help Essay Questions

1. How does the legend of the African relate to Tucker's actions?

2. How does the invisibility theme relate to Tucker and the other blacks in the novel?

3. Discuss the significance of the items that are destroyed by Tucker.

4. What has caused David to lose the "something" that Tucker retains?

5. How are the images of the wheelchair and Mister Harper related?

6. Explain Bennett Bradshaw's relationship to Christ.

7. How does the South affect the relationship between Tucker and Bethrah?

8. Discuss Tucker as a "primitive" man.

9. Interpret the role of each of the men on the porch.

10. Contrast Mister Leland with Mister Harper.

11. Explain the dilemma of Harry Leland. How does he resolve it?

12. How does the fact that the story takes place in an imaginary state add to the novel's effectiveness?

13. How does Tucker view freedom?

14. Discuss Dymphna and Dewey as guardians of the status quo in race relations.

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