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The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

WebQuest for The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford in Lorain, Ohio in 1931.  Ironically, The Bluest Eye takes place in Lorain, Ohio in 1941 and is told from the perspective of a ten year old girl.  Many say that this may be a semi-autobiographical novel.  However, when she was still very young, Morrison and her parents moved to the North to escape Southern racism, so she grew up relatively unscarred from the extreme racism in the South.  Morrison grew up reading author's ranging from Jane Austen to Leo Tolstoy.  Morrison has taught at four different universities in the United States.  She has written 6 major novels, as well as two plays and numerous essays. Morrison was granted the Pulitzer prize for literature in 1988 for her novel, Beloved, which was based on the story of Margaret Garner, an African-American slave woman. She was then was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993, she was the first black woman to receive this honor.  A major theme that runs through her novels is that of growing up poor, black and female in America.  She is currently a professor at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.     

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1.  Read the book summary.

2.  Search the hot sites and consider the story themes, events and characters.

3.  Answer the questions in the quiz by creating a word document.

4.  Visit the rubric to see the grading schedule.


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