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Suggested Answers to Discussion Questions for
Learning Guide to THE LONG WALK HOME

1.  [Standard Questions Suitable for Any Film]. [No suggested Answers.]

2.  Why did Odessa's son (when he was trying to stop the white boys from beating his sister) relax his hands and make no effort to defend himself when the white boys turned on him? Suggested Response: He knew that if he resisted, he was liable to be lynched. Black men who fought whites had been lynched in the past.

Social-Emotional Learning


1.  Would you consider Rosa Parks a role model? Suggested Response: Yes. She was a committed and courageous lady.

2.  Would you consider the character of Mrs. Thompson in the film to be a female role model? Suggested Response: Yes. She was a person who kept growing and developing through adulthood. She was a compassionate person who could look beyond her own needs and her own group of friends and associates, to see the agony of other people. She was willing to stand up for her beliefs against her whole culture.


(Be honest; Don't deceive, cheat or steal; Be reliable -- do what you say you'll do; Have the courage to do the right thing; Build a good reputation; Be loyal -- stand by your family, friends and country)

1.  Why was it difficult for the blacks in Montgomery in 1955 to admit to their white employers that they supported and/or participated in the boycott? It was something more than fear of being fired. What else was it? Suggested Response: One of the means that the white community used to oppress the black community was to make it difficult for blacks to challenge white authority. It was difficult for blacks to do this and to admit to whites they were participating in such a challenge.


(Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule; Be tolerant of differences; Use good manners, not bad language; Be considerate of the feelings of others; Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone; Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements)

2.  Did you notice that at the beginning of the movie, when Mrs. Thompson drove Odessa to work, Odessa sat in the back seat of the car? Later, Mrs. Thompson invited Odessa to sit in the front seat. What was the significance of this invitation? Suggested Response: The message of having the maids sit in the back of the car is that they were not worthy of friendship, which sitting in the front implied. Sitting in the front implied equal status.

Last updated January 2, 2008.

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