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A Gathering of Old Men

Ernest J. Gaines

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Study Questions and Suggested Essay Topics

Suggestions for Further Reading

Which character has just been murdered when the book begins?

Who does Sheriff Mapes thinks murdered Beau?

Who actually murdered Beau?

Who owns the Marshall Plantation?

Why does Fix decide not to revenge his son's death?

Why doesn't Mapes immediately arrest someone for the crime?

Who is Candy's boyfriend?

Who is Candy most trying to protect?

Which black man thinks that everyone should just go home and not fight?

Why does everyone in the area know Gil Bauton?

What characters are killed during the shootout?

What crop is primarily grown on the plantation?

Who runs the local bar/corner store?

Who is the maid in the Marshall house?

Who is the child narrator in the novel?

Which character fought during the First World War?

Which characters are shot but not killed during the shootout?

What does Jack Marshall do after Beau's murder?

Which people took over Candy's education after her parents' death?

Who leads the crew to revenge Beau's death?

What do the would-be lynchers do before going to the plantation?

What does Candy want the men to bring to Mathu's house?

Who does not confess to killing Beau Boutan?

Why does everyone think that Mathu killed Beau?

What does Miss Merle bring to the plantation in the afternoon?

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