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Bud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis
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1. What was Bud's relationship with his mother? What are some of his special memories of her?
2. Why did his mother never tell him about his grandfather? Why do you think Bud's mother left home? Changed her last name?
3. If Bud's mother was so unhappy, why did she keep the flyers about her dad's band?
4. Why is Bud so convinced that Herman Calloway is his father? What type of relationshop do you think Bud will have with his grandfather?
5. How is Calloway's band like a family? What is Miss Thomas's role in Bud's new family?
6. Bud had been without a family since the age of six. What type of survival skills does Bud learn at the Home? How does Bud use these rules to survive difficult situations? Do you think Bud will continue using these rules now that he has found a family?
7. How did the flyers in Bud's suitcase give him hope? Bud's mother once told him, "When one door closes, don't worry, because another door opens". How does this statement give Bud the hope he needs to continue his search for his father?
8. Bud encounters racism throughout his journey. Explain Mrs. Amos's statement: "I do not have time to put up with the foolishness of those members of our race who do not want to be uplifted". Why does she think Bud does not want to be uplifted?
9. The Great Depression of the 1930s was a time when many children as young as nine or ten were forced out on the road to find work because their parents could not afford to care for them. Do you think that could happen today?
10. At the end of the novel, Bud is being groomed as a band member. Do you think he becomes a professional musician?