This is Jodie’s Fawn
By MARJORIE KINNAN RAWLINGS
- What had happened to Jody’s father?
Answer: Jody’s father was bitten by a rattlesnake.
- How did the doe save Penny’s life?
Answer: Penny’s son Jody killed a doe and used its heart and liver to counter the snake’s poison. It seems like an age-old home remedy to cure snake bite.
- Why does Jody want to bring the fawn home?
Answer: The fawn has become an orphan because its mother was killed by Jody. He wants to bring the fawn to return the obligation because he was the one who made the fawn an orphan.
- How does Jody know that the fawn is a male?
Answer: Jody’s father shared with him that in a male fawn the spots are all in a line and in females they are randomly arranged. This knowledge helped him recognize it being a male fawn.
- Jody didn’t want Mill-wheel with him for two reasons. What were they?
Answer: Jody was not sure if the fawn was dead or alive. If it was dead then Jody didn’t want Mill-wheel to see the disappointment on his face. If the fawn was alive then Jody did not want to share his happiness with anybody else.