Study Questions for "The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara [1939-1995]

Bambara's story is reprinted from her 1972 collection, Gorilla, My Love. She spent her early life in Harlem, graduated from Queens College in 1959 with a B.A. in Theater Arts and English, and was best known as a social activist and for her short fiction. She often argued that her early years growing up in Harlem significantly influenced her fiction. Consider some of the issues listed below as you read "The Lesson."