SEEDFOLKS STUDY GUIDE

Chapters 1 (Kim) and 2 (Ana):

1.) What 'common ground' do the characters share?
2.) What is the symbolism of the lima beans?
3.) What false assumption did Ana make in chapter 2?
4.) On p. 10, Ana lay down Kim's beans "as gently as sleeping babies." What literary technique is she using and what is the author's purpose for using this phrase?

Chapter 3 (Wendell):

1.) Why was Kim afraid of Wendell if he was doing an act of kindness for her plants?
2.) What can you infer (or assume) is the reason that Wendell performs this act of kindness?

Chapter 4 (Gonzalo):

1.) What is the meaning of the metaphor (COMPARISON between two unlike things without using like or as) in which Gonzalo states, "He (his father) got younger. I got older" (p. 18)?
2.) What is the author's purpose for stating the simile (COMPARISON between two unlike things using like or as) that Tio Juan is "just like a kid in diapers"?
3.) What type of figurative language is the phrase that Tio Juan "changed from a baby back into a man" (p. 22)? What influenced Tio Juan's change?

Chapter 5 (Leona):

1.) What's Leona's false assumption (wrong conclusion) about the people's activity in the vacant lot? Why do you believe she made this false assumption?
2.) How would you describe the city in which Leona lives?
3.) Info Tech High School's mission is to teach our students to "prove it" with evidence. How does Leona "prove it" at the end of the chapter?

Chapter 6 (Sam):

1.) How does Sam hope to positively influence people in Cleveland? Is it effective?
2.) Why does Sam COMPARE the garden to "paradise"?
3.) Why does Sam believe that the garden is not COMPARABLE to a "paradise"?

Chapter 7 (Virgil):

1.) Why does Virgil's father CONSIDER the garden so meaningful?
2.) What's the author's purpose in COMPARING the lettuce to a baby?
3.) Why does Virgil COMPARE his father to a child?
4.) Why does Virgil end the chapter with the quote "save our lettuce"?

Chapter 8 (Sae Young)

1.) What are the two tragic events in Sae Young's life?
2.) How has Sae Young's personality changed as a result of these tragic events?
3.) How does the garden make Sae Young feel?

Chapter 9 (Curtis)

1.) How has Curtis grown and developed?
2.) How would you describe the relationship between Lateesha and Curtis?
3.) What conclusions can you draw about Curtis' relationship with his tomatoes?

Chapter 10 (Nora)

1.) Why can't Mr. Myles communicate with Nora?
2.) Why did Mr. Myles dramatically change from sleepy to vibrant (lively)?
3.) Why does Nora COMPARE gardening to a soap opera?

Chapter 11

1.) Why does Maricela have low self-esteem?
2.) Why did the program for pregnant teens connect to the community garden?
3.) Why did Maricela become more positive and hopeful about the future at the end of the chapter?

Chapter 12 (Amir):

1.) How does Amir contrast (find differences) between India and America?
2.) What did Amir explain is the transformative (changing) power of the garden?
3.) How does the garden combat (battle) ignorance (lack of knowledge or information) of other people?

Chapter 13 (Florence):

1.) Why is Florence only an observer of the garden and not an active participant?
2.) Why is the garden an idle place for a few months?
3.) According to Florence, what are two benefits of the garden?