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Ma Rainey
Ma Rainey
by Sterling Brown


We’ve got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you’ll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)

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The only hurdles here are the dialect of the poem (a few words might trip you up here and there), and the geographical references. As for the dialect, we recommend you read it aloud; you'll be surprised at how clear it all becomes. And as for those geographical references, check out our "Summary," or head on over to Google for the goods.

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