Read Chapter 8 - The Screams in the Night
Then Discuss the following . . . .
RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE
How does the character of Birrung change in this chapter?
Why does Birrung disobey Mr Johnson?
How does Birrung help Mrs Johnson?
How would she know what to do when a woman is giving birth?
Are the Johnson's grateful for what Birrung did? How do you know they appreciate her efforts?
How do you think other people in the colony will view the Johnson's decision to give their daughter a native name?
How do you feel about them doing this?
Will other indigenous people be happy with the Johnson's using a name from their people?
The Johnson's don't treat Birrung any differently because she is black. Is this unusual for this time in Australia's history.
The Johnson's are highly respected people in the colony. Could this action damage their reputation or good name in the colony?