19Paul Laurence Dunbar Born in Dayton, Ohio Parents escaped from slavery in KentuckyWrote first poem at age 6First published work was in a newspaper put out by Wilber & Orville WrightHe became well known as the "elevator boy poet"
20“The Finish of Patsy Barnes” Discussion Questions What kind of relationship does Patsy have with his mother?What does Patsy’s reaction to his father’s death tell us about his character?What is your opinion of the City Doctor? How does Patsy react to the doctor?What is the significance of the horse’s name?Is the climax of the story believable? Why or why not?
21Vocabulary/Story review Incorrigible compulsory sonorous meager obdurate diplomatic inordinately derision“Patsy was _________.”“Even into the confines of Little Africa had penetrated the truant office and the terrible penalty of _______ education law.”“He learned strange things about horses, and fine, _______ oaths that sounded eerie on his young lips…”“Then, when he learned that he must leave his old friends, the horses and their masters, who he had known, he wept. The comparatively _______ appointments of the Fiar- grounds at Dalesford proved a poor compensation for all these.”