Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem
by Marilyn Nelson
A. What is the author's purpose in writing these notes?
B. What facts about slavery in the northern United States do you learn at this point?
C. How would you describe the author's tone as she talks about Fortune?
D. How has the tone changed at this point?
E. Reread lines 60-62. What impact do these statements have on you? Based on your reflection, what would be another purpose for the author's notes?