A Lesson Before Dying

by: Ernest J. Gaines

Suggested Essay Topics

Writing help Suggested Essay Topics

1. Why does Reverend Ambrose call Grant uneducated?

2. How does Jefferson change Grant’s life? How does Grant change Jefferson’s life?

3. To what degree does Jefferson control his own transformation?

4. Is Jefferson a hero? Is Grant?

5. How does Jefferson compare to other inspirational figures in this novel (Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, Jesus Christ)? How does Grant compare to them?