Alice Walker, "Looking for Zora" (1975)
- Explain the significance of Walker's use of Hurston's first
name throughout the essay.
- Describe the tone of this essay.
- Explain the purpose of the quotes interspersed throughout
- Who is Charlotte Hunt? What is her role in Walker's quest?
- Why does Walker say she is Hurston's niece? How effective
(or necessary) is this lie? (See also 218, 223. and 224-25).
- Who is Mathilda Moseley? How old is she and what might
(should?) her age tell Walker about Hurston?
- Explain Hurston's views on integration.
- What is the difference between Goldsboro and Eatonville?
(See also 224).
- Describe the cemetery where Hurston is buried.
- How confident is Walker that she has found Hurston's grave?
Explain (see also 227).
- What does Walker learn from Dr. Benton? Why is this
- Explain Dr. Burton's comment about Hurston's English.
- What does Walker learn from Hurston's former neighbor? Why
is this information important?
- Explain Walker's final paragraph.