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'Go Tell It On The Mountain' Questions for Study and Discussion

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Go Tell It On The Mountain is one of the most famous works by James Baldwin. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
  • What is important about the title? What about the song?

  • What are the conflicts in Go Tell It On The Mountain? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) did you notice in this novel?

  • How does James Baldwin reveal character in Go Tell It On The Mountain?

  • What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • What are some symbols in Go Tell It On The Mountain? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • Is John consistent in her actions? Is he a fully developed character? How? Why? How does James Baldwin describe John?

  • Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?

  • Does the story end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?

  • What is the role of women in the text? How are mothers represented? What about single/independent women?

  • Would you recommend this novel to a friend?

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