Discussion Questions for “Moriah’s Mourning” by Ruth McEnery Stuart

  1. Describe how race is depicted in the story.
  2. How is marriage depicted in the story?
  3. Do a character analysis of Moriah.
  4. Why do you think Moriah’s peers react the way they do to the fact that Moriah is getting married again?
  5. Why do you think she gets remarried so quickly?
  6. How is the use of local dialect effective/ineffective?
  7. What racial stereotypes are broken or reinforced?
  8. What gender stereotypes are broken or reinforced?

A handout with these questions is available here.