What do you admire most in this selection from the novel?
1. Maybe Brown because of his determination.
2. His talent allowed him to overcome his physical limitations.
3. His mother had patience and faith that inspired him.
Why did doctors label Brown as "interesting" but "hopeless"?
Because his disability was so severe and could not help him.
Why does his mother refuse to believe the doctors?
His mother loves him too deeply to give up on him.
Conclude what the descriptive details Brown uses to relate the December day at the end of this narrative?
He says that it is so cold and gray and that the family has a fire going inside.
Interpret what his condition reveals about his condition.
They reveal that he can see, feel, and understand even though he has never been able to communicate.
Draw a conclusion by explaining the significance from the incident with the chalk.
The incident with the chalk is the first time anyone knows that Brown can learn and that his cerebral palsy does not affect him mentally.
Infer why Brown was so determined to succeed in writing the letter A.
Brown wanted to provide evidence of his intelligence.
Which of his character traits prove the hypothesis that it is possible for him to overcome his physical disability to the extent that he did?
Brown's determination and his desire to communicate with the world allowed him to succeed.
Evaluate how Mrs. Brown's belief in her son affected his life.
Her belief gave him confidence. Their loving relationship gave him enough affection for people to make him want to communicate.
What is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage before or during birth resulting in a lack of muscular control and coordination. Muscles may be flabby, or they may contract into unnatural positions. There is no cure, but speech and physical therapy can help. 75% of cerebral palsy patients do not suffer brain damage.
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